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Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman
Cover by : Richard Matthew Stallman
    published :2010
subject :Nonfiction
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10.5 KiB in 55 footnotes
536.5 KiB in 1,901 paragraphs
~ 283 pages
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This book collects the writing of Richard Stallman in a manner that will make its subtlety and power clear. The essays span a wide range, from copyright to the history of the free software movement. They include many arguments not well known, and among these, an especially insightful account of the changed circumstances that render copyright in the digital world suspect. They will serve as a resource for those who seek to understand the thought of this most powerful man--powerful in his ideas, his passion, and his integrity, even if powerless in every other way. They will inspire other who would take these ideas, and build upon them.

-from the foreword, by Lawrence Lessig

This is the second edition of Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman.

Free Software Foundation
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Boston, MA 02110-1335

Copyright © 2002, 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire book are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved. Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this book from the original English into another language provided the translation has been approved by the Free Software Foundation and the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

ISBN 978-0-9831592-0-9

Cover design by Rob Myers.
Cover photograph by Peter Hinely.
     Preface to the Second Edition

   Part I: The GNU Project and Free Software
     1 The Free Software Definition
     2: The GNU Project
     3: The Initial Announcement of the GNU Operating System
     4: The GNU Manifesto
     5: Why Software Should Not Have Owners
     6: Why Software Should Be Free
     7: Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software
     8: Releasing Free Software If You Work at a University
     9: Why Free Software Needs Free Documentation
     10: Selling Free Software
     11: The Free Software Song

   Part II: What’s in a Name?
     12: What’s in a Name?
     13: Categories of Free and Nonfree Software
     14: Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software
     15: Did You Say “Intellectual Property”? It’s a Seductive Mirage
     16: Words to Avoid (or Use with Care) Because They Are Loaded or Confusing

   Part III: Copyright, Copyleft
     17: The Right to Read: A Dystopian Short Story
     18: Misinterpreting Copyright—A Series of Errors
     19: Science Must Push Copyright Aside
     20: Freedom—or Copyright
     21: What Is Copyleft?
     22: Copyleft: Pragmatic Idealism

   Part IV: Software Patents: Danger to Programmers
     23: Anatomy of a Trivial Patent
     24: Software Patents and Literary Patents
     25: The Danger of Software Patents
     26: Microsoft’s New Monopoly

   Part V: The Licenses
     27: Introduction to the Licenses
     28: The GNU General Public License
     29 Why Upgrade to GPLv3
     30 The GNU Lesser General Public License
     31 GNU Free Documentation License

   Part VI: Traps and Challenges
     32: Can You Trust Your Computer?
     33: Who Does That Server Really Serve?
     34: Free but Shackled: The Java Trap
     35: The JavaScript Trap
     36: The X Window System Trap
     37: The Problem Is Software Controlled by Its Developer
     38: We Can Put an End to Word Attachments
     39: Thank You, Larry McVoy

   Part VII: An Assessment and a Look Ahead
     40: Computing “Progress”: Good and Bad
     41: Avoiding Ruinous Compromises
     42: Overcoming Social Inertia
     43: Freedom or Power?
     Appendix A: A Note on Software
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