[Dev] [consensus][due: 2016-06-13]: New version for Parabola Social Contract

Luke g4jc at openmailbox.org
Thu Jun 16 01:49:09 GMT 2016

On 06/15/2016 09:28 PM, Tiberiu-Cezar Tehnoetic wrote:
> On 06/15/2016 11:24 PM, Richard Stallman wrote:
>>   > 2.  **Parabola is Free Culture**: All documentation and cultural works
>>   >     included in products of the Parabola project are [Free
>>   > Culture](http://freedomdefined.org/Definition),
>> I will fetch that page now, but if I remember right, it restates the
>> GNU definition of free, except not limited to software.
>> The GFDL allows invariant sections and cover texts because they
>> are consistent with that definition.  They affect labeling of the
>> manual, not the manual contents.
> Three years ago we had a similar discussion at Ceata, a foundation for
> free software and free culture based in Romania, and we have decided to
> treat works licensed under GFDL with invariant sections and works of
> opinion on free software licensed under CC BY-ND as acceptable
> exceptions in our free software and free culture projects (including
> translations), along with free software and free culture license texts.
> We have decided to do so because these exceptions help advancing the
> free software movement, and we know most companies and people in the
> open source camp are happy to delete GNU from free software names and
> GNU philosophy paragraphs included with the software documentation, or
> even worse, twist RMS' words.
> Also, at Ceata we believe we need more urgently software freedom than
> culture freedom and hardware freedom.
> But in the end, it is up to Parabola to decide.
> Tiberiu
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You bring up a good point, there is a risk of having words twisted, but
I think that is a price to pay for free speech.
People could always try and twist our words even with the proper licensing.

We urgently need all three categories: Free Software, Cultural Freedom,
and Hardware freedom. In order for information to flow freely, each of
these areas are critical.
I like our section 2 as it is mentioned above, for being pro-active on
two of those fronts.

Hardware freedom is outside the scope of Parabola, but it is getting to
the point where it won't be possible to install custom operating systems
such as GNU/Linux on modern hardware as DRM and other restrictive
mechanism are put in place on non-free hardware. See the current
situation with the FCC and wireless routers for just one example.

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