Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Hoffman writes, "People working from the first principles of the free software movement or the definition of open source software, like me, will never accept non-commercial licensing as 'free' or 'open,' because it limits the use and redistribution of the work." No it doesn't. They can use and redistribute the work all they want. The one thing they cannot do is block access to it by charging for it. That said - yes, this may be a schism, because the commercial lobby is powerful and pervasive and wants desperately to monetize that which it does not own.

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