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FSF: United for a Web without proprietary JavaScript

FSF: United for a Web without proprietary JavaScript

Posted Sep 6, 2013 11:44 UTC (Fri) by NRArnot (subscriber, #3033)
Parent article: FSF: United for a Web without proprietary JavaScript

I've just read the cited article, and I'm having trouble understanding what the "trap" may be. Can someone spell it out?

Obviously running someone else's code in my browser has security risks, but the issue of malicious code is orthogonal to its free-ness. (It is perfectly possible to write an open-source virus!)

I don't get asked to click on any license agreement by (most) sites that send me Javascripts, and I haven't entered into any legal contract when I view their pages. Therefore I'm legally constrained only by copyright law, which applies equally to the visible content of the web pages in my browser window. As I understand that, bulk copying (of visible content or hidden scripts) is out, "fair use" is possible but probably unwise, learning by reading the script is perfectly OK (which is why some sites obfuscate their scripts? ).


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FSF: United for a Web without proprietary JavaScript

Posted Sep 6, 2013 15:09 UTC (Fri) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

> which is why some sites obfuscate their scripts?

The minification step is to help reduce the amount of data over the wire.


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