Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman is a book as it’s collects the writing of Richard M. Stallman . The first edition was published in 2002 by GNU Press under the GNU Free Documentation License . The second one, published in 2010, contains both updated versions of the original essays and many new essays. A third edition was published in 2015.


Essays contained in this book deal mainly about ethics, law, business and their application to computer software.

The introduction is written by Lawrence Lessig , Professor at Harvard Law School.


The book is divided into seven main parts: [1]

  • The GNU Project and Free Software
  • What’s in a Name?
  • Copyright, Copyleft
  • Software Patents: Danger to Programmers
  • The Licenses
  • Traps and Challenges
  • An Assessment and a Look Ahead

See also

  • Free software portal
  • Free software


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