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Re: GNU licenses

From: mike4ty4
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: 6 Sep 2006 12:07:18 -0700
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Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Boy oh boy we love to pick on semantics! I should have said the
>    "evil motive" _behind_ the GPL.
> There is no evil motive behind the GNU GPL.  It keeps users like you,
> me and John free to run, use, modify and distribute programs.  It
> keeps users free to do what they have a right to do.  That is the sole
> purpose of the GNU GPL, and the Free Software movement: to allow users
> to control their own machines, and help their friends.

Oh, and that's why it requires the combined work to become GPL.
Because we cannot force people to make all their source code
available, it is done by having a license that says you can use
the free program components in your program provided that you
also make that entire program free & GPL not just those parts,
therefore increasing the amount of free code. I think I see it a little
better: the belief is people have some sort of intrinsic right to
modify software and see how it works, etc. like how one has such
a right to modify and see how their car works. Therefore, the
agreement that is made when one uses GPL code in their work
is to grant the users the same right that said programmer enjoyed,
which helped them with their work, therefore ensuring the users
that "intrinsic right". Right?

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