[Trisquel-users] Re : Start a Business Using Only Free and Open Source Tools!

lcerf at dcc.ufmg.br lcerf at dcc.ufmg.br
Fri Jul 5 04:13:14 CEST 2019


Support for free software is actually one the most thriving segment of IT.   
Besides a few huge companies (like IBM), there are many local companies that  
sell such a support: you have somebody to blame, face to face, far more  
easily than with proprietary software (especially if built abroad) and its  
imposed monopoly for support (well, support that actually involves source  
code modification, like correcting bugs).

About the term "Intellectual Property", please read  
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html

Having patents on software makes no sense.  Most of the world (China, India,  
the EU, Brazil, etc.) does not authorize them.  Free software is based on the  
copyright law: licenses (such as the GNU GPL) protect it.  I see nothing  
wrong with trademarks (as long as the trademark policy does not impose  
restrictions that have little to do with identifying the product).  Many free  
software programs are actually trademarked: Linux, Firefox, etc.


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