Free Software, Free Society
Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman is a book that 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:
- The GNU Project and Free Software
- What's in a Name?
- Copyright, Copyleft
- Software Patents: Danger to Programmers
- The Licences
- Traps and Challenges
- An Assessment and a Look Ahead