What if before we go and waste a bunch of energy on various pedantic fights over ownership of the concept of “free software” or trying to shoehorn ethics into “open source”
…we just reorganized under a “right to repair” banner and moved on?
I don’t have a link handy, but I think it was
@betsythemuffin who compared the terms over on the bird site the other day and it really stuck with me.
Besides the simple concreteness of “right to repair” there are some other benefits I see as well:
- MUCH easier to apply to physical systems and products than trying to awkwardly apply software licensing concepts directly
- clear line to political action (e.g. improved consumer protection legislation)
- disentangled from intellectual property concepts we may not need or want to keep around in the long term
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