I’ve had a LOT of chats about this article and concept over the past few months and, while I don’t know what you view as a “lazy misunderstanding,” I have heard that exact phrasing used to critique this piece multiple times.
In discussion, it comes up that the people with that view are prioritizing the technical, prescriptive definition of things, while the writer (and other folk keen to say “please stop, FOSS,” like me,) are prioritizing contemporary social definitions. I’d love to hear more about what you think the author is misunderstanding, though.
Ironically, this “problem” of interpretation is solved by the same solution the author puts forth: prioritize dealing with real human actions over rules and laws. It’s absolutely ridiculous to sit around going “blah blah blah licenses” when like, Spongebob videogames violate the GPL secretly for a decade, and people are raided by cops for putting up public health dashboards on the Web.
FOSS is dead because kyriarchism is dead; kyriarchism is dead because it was never alive and can only kill. The nitty-gritty doesn’t really matter; what you call a “lazy misunderstanding” is likely a better set of priorities in life, as to not find… these details worth understanding. (I’m reminded of when you summarily dismissed the IWW for presenting a Whiggian view of history in a century-old piece of propaganda. These are problems, but are they really warrant focusing on? Here’s someone trying to beg people stop performing volunteer labor for a global death-cult, and you’re vaguely wringing your hands about some sloppy writing along the way? What a weird use of your voice.)