Free and Sustainable
A sustainable software model for 2020 and beyond, we believe it is possible to respect the principles of freedom without being ideological. The fair-code software model promotes the use of profit as a means to continue development of software in a way that is compatible with their author’s short and long-term economic intentions. Although there are many successful projects which have traditionally worked as communities of unpaid professionals and experts, fair-code attempts to create a level playing ground for software authors of all backgrounds, including those that would like to make a living off of their work.
Open but Pragmatic
We desire open specifications, discussion, and collaboration. All of these are good practice and help the software improve and the community grow.
Community meets Prosperity
We want people to make money off of their software, but we recognize that the community benefits from a project's economic success. Within fair-code, creators have the exclusive right of commercializing their work, ensuring long-term profitability. Companies that wish to commercialize the software can contact the author and form a business relationship that benefits both parties!
Meritocratic and Fair
We believe that authentic meritocracy is still possible in software, and that software authors and contributors should be respected and have influence for their contributions to a project.