There are a number of words and phrases which we recommend avoiding, either because they are ambiguous or because they imply an opinion that we hope you may not entirely agree with.
Other texts to read | ``For free'' | ``Give away software'' | ``Piracy'' | ``Protection'' | ``Sell software'' | Other texts to read
Also note Categories of Free Software.
Free software is often available for free--for example, on many FTP servers. But free software copies are also available for a price on CD-ROMs, and proprietary software copies may occasionally be available for free.
If you don't believe that illegal copying is just like kidnaping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word ``piracy'' to describe it. Neutral terms such as ``prohibited copying'' or ``illegal copying'' are available for use instead. Some of us might even prefer to use a positive term such as ``sharing information with your neighbor.''
It is easy to avoid ``protection'' and use neutral terms instead. For example, instead of ``Copyright protection lasts a very long time,'' you can say, ``Copyright lasts a very long time.''
See Selling Free Software for more discussion of this issue.
FSF & GNU inquiries & questions to email@example.com. Other ways to contact the FSF.
Comments on these web pages to firstname.lastname@example.org, send other questions to email@example.com.
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Updated: 20 Mar 1997 rms