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Friday, July 10, 2009

Free Book Not Free Enough

FFO reported previously about the controversy of Wired editor Chris Anderson's alleged use of Wikipedia material without attribution for his book, Free, about the need of online material to be free.

Publishers Weekly has a follow-up, now that the book is online via Scribd. It seems that the word free is scary to many. Not having read the book, I can only surmise that Mr. Anderson means free as in free beer, rather than freedom, in the linux/open source software sense. Amusingly, PW reports that free is not free enough. Some online commentors at that Scribd site were complaining they couldn't download the book. Here is the Publishers Weekly article.

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