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24 November 2009, 10:26

Free Software Foundation comes to an agreement with PayPal

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The Free Software Foundation has thanked PayPal for resolving a problem with its terms and conditions when applied to free software projects. PayPal is often used as a convenient way for free software projects to receive donations, but the FSF recently found that PayPal had added a proprietary software license to its User Agreement. The FSF felt it couldn't agree to those terms and contacted PayPal to see if some other arrangement could be made.

PayPal not only excepted the FSF from the provisions of the proprietary licence, but has told the FSF that it will be updating its user agreement "to ensure that the free software community can continue to receive and make payments without having to accept a proprietary license". The FSF's executive director Peter Brown thanked PayPal saying "They recognised how important this issue was to the community and put in the effort to listen to us and accommodate our concerns".


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