Free as in Selfie*

Richard Stallman, a founding father of the free software movement, spoke at the Automattic Lounge tonight. What’s the right response when you get to host someone who helped inspire both your personal passion and your livelihood? A selfie of course.

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* One of Stallman’s best lines is:

“free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”.

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Striking Back Against Censorship

Defending our users and our shared principles has always been a big part of WordPress.com. I’m really proud of our General Counsel Paul and his team’s efforts, including in these two cases.

The WordPress.com Blog

The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users.

One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuse of copyright law. Two recentcases of abuse really caught our attention and made us think that we needed to take action to fight back on behalf of our users and everyone who believes in the internet’s promise for free expression.

Censorship by DMCA

A common form of censorship by copyright stems from improper use of legal creations called DMCA takedown notices. The DMCA stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” which is a US federal law that created a system for protecting copyrights online. The DMCA system works pretty well, but has a…

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