How to talk about copyright?


Users want everything for free”

Free as in ‘freedom’ not ‘free beer’”


To indicate a given work can be used without monetary compensation

To indicate a given work is licensed under a permissive, libre license


Use “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”; indicate this context very clearly to avoid confusion

Use “libre” along with “free” to further stress the freedom-based meaning

Use “gratis” instead of “free (as in beer)” to clearly demarcate freedoms from monetary cost