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Re: Wallace's reply brief

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Wallace's reply brief
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 10:57:27 +0200
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Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <> writes:

> A small correction...
> Qua, 2006-08-02 às 09:32 +0100, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra escreveu:
>> Qua, 2006-08-02 às 09:41 +0200, Alexander Terekhov escreveu:
>> > (consider that over time, under "bazaar model" with long chain of 
>> > derivation in derivative works and additions to collective works by 
>> > different authors, GPL'd IP becomes practically locked within the GPL 
>> > pool) 
>> Funny. Correcting "IP" with Copyrights you're describing precisely the
>> intent:
>> GPL'd Copyrights are designed to remain GPL'd Copyrights within the GPL
>> pool. I'm not sure I would use the word "lock" though, since they're
>> available to anyone who comes and plays within the rules of the game,
>> that is to keep feeding the pool.
> ... if and only if you distribute the work or a modified version.
>> You don't like the terms for including the work, then don't include
>> it.  Write your own stuff.

Well, the theory is that once you touch GPLed work, it jumps up and
magically gobbles up all of your portfolio.  This kind of magic of
course exceeds copyright law, and that's what Wallace complains about
(among other things).  However, the GPL can hardly be held accountable
for the FUD and spins its opponents fabricate.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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