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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Richard Stallman 1st seminar

From: Ramanan Selvaratnam
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Richard Stallman 1st seminar
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 13:27:59 +0000

On Tuesday 03 December 2002 11:04, Gordon Joly  wrote:

> RMS outlined three types of works in his thoughts on copyright

I was there too.
What I heard was that RMS gets many queries as to how the successes gained on 
freeing software can be extended/generalised to other things.

He suggested that everything be catergorised by their purposes.
That way we arrive at three purposes
Functional , Entertainment and Representative.

> 1) Teaching technical
> 2) Artistic - novels
> 3) Monographs - the thouhts of a single author

I suspect we dare making the same points except for accuracy of the words 
(I took notes :-)

> I wanted to ask Stallman which class the GNU Public Licence (GPL) full
> under?

Is it not that software programs were catergorised clearly with recipes, 
manuals, textbooks, reference works, (dictinaries , encyclopedias ...) etc as 
serving a functional purpose.

So I think he implied GPL falls into the first category (Functional purpose)

The representative purposes includes things I have seen covered by GPL but is 
it not that GFDL (GNU Free Documentation Licence) is intended for this (also 
for rest of the functional purposes)?



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