What is the word for being able to throw away

For example, programmers might want to contribute their changes to the community, but their employer might want to turn the changes into a proprietary software product.

If we explain to the employer that it is illegal to distribute the improved version, except as free software, it is usually decided to release it as free software - instead of throwing it away.

In order to copyleft a program, we first determine that it is subject to copyright law; then we add distribution terms as a legal instrument that give anyone the right to use, modify and redistribute the source code of the program or any derivative program, but only if the distribution terms remain unchanged.

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A programmer may want to contribute her changes to the community, but her employer may want to turn the changes into a proprietary software product.

When we explain to the employer that it is illegal to distribute the improved version except as free software, the employer usually decides to release it as free software rather than throw it away.

To copyleft a program, we first state that it is copyrighted; then we add distribution terms, which are a legal instrument that gives everyone the rights to use, modify, and redistribute the program's code, or any program derived from it, but only if the distribution terms are unchanged.

www.gnu.org