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Re: Question About GNU General Public License

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 09:42:18 +0200
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<> writes:

> Rui Miguel Seabra <> wrote:
>> Yes. Mind, the realm of ideas, where the subject can be shared without
>> any loss of the emitter. If you transmit an idea you don't loose it. You
>> still have it, and the receivers now have it _too_ (neutral-win)
>> If you give your video card to someone else, you lost your video card
>> (loose-win).
>> It's a very clear distinction, at least to me. Do you have a problem
>> with that? In mind the most common transactions are neutral-win. You
>> didn't loose an idea (neutral) I won by learning something.
> So by your measurement a bacterial disease is software because you can
> give it to someone else while still having it yourself.

No, this is a common fallacy: "if A, then B" is *not* the same as
"if B, then A."  In particluar, "if something is software, it can be
duplicated" is not the same as "if something can be duplicated, it is


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