Why Human Rights Requires Free Software
Subject:   The above is dead wrong.
Date:   2002-10-13 00:03:46
From:   brettglass
Response to: Brett, your objection is pointless

You write:

>Your objection is to the use of the GPL in commercial software.

Not so at all. I object to the promotion or use of the GPL in ANY context, but PARTICULARLY in cases where it could impact the economic development of nations. The GPL strips humans of the fundamental right to earn a living by improving technology. That's unacceptable.

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  • John W. Adams photo Now that you've clarified...
    2002-10-13 06:30:46  John W. Adams | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    ...please explain exactly how the use of GPL-licenced software specifically for use in human rights work has an impact on commercial software or economic development.

    Also, I'm curious exactly what you mean by "the fundamental right to earn a living by improving technology". I wasn't aware that I had a fundamental right to earn a living in any trade.
    • Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
      2002-10-13 13:25:57  brettglass [View]

      Article 23

      (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

      (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

      (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

      (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

      • which point...
        2002-10-17 21:40:13  david_given [View]


        I am not sure which one of the above points you think covers:
        the fundamental right to earn a living by improving technology

        can you elaborate?