[tor-project] The Tor Project Social Contract

Nathan Freitas nathan at freitas.net
Tue Aug 2 20:33:21 UTC 2016

On Tue, Aug 2, 2016, at 02:26 PM, Kate wrote:
> I believe that our tools should remain free to users and we should
> strategize other ways to make money. "Pay what you can" software is an
> idea widely understood in the global north; is it also in the global
> south? Pay with what? Bitcoin? Credit cards? If you get the software
> installed at your local roadside store, who do you pay? These are all
> barriers to using Tor.

Just to be clear, if what someone can pay is "nothing" they are free to
do so in the "pay what you can" scenario, without stigma. Perhaps we
could ask their contribution to just spread the word.

Within this contract, I think Mike and I are both just asking for this
kind of future option to not be off the table.

Perhaps if it is always stated as an "optional donation" then it would
fit within the "always free" pledge more cleanly?

I agree corporate/commercial licensing is a great option for sustainable
revenue generation. Let's make sure this allows for that. In the case of
Moxie, his software is not free to developers who was to incorporate it
into non GPL software.


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