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Re: Open source - Free software

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:02:28 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Barry Margolin wrote:
>> In article <>,
>>  Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
>> > Barry Margolin wrote:
>> > [...]
>> > > And in the GNU and Linux newsgroups, the context establishes
>> > > that "free software" refers to freedom,
>> >
>> > And "freedom" as in what, Barry?
>> Liberty, rights, etc.  From the preamble of the GPL:
> Do you consider paying taxes being a threat to your liberty, Barry?
>>   When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not
>> price. 
> That's just GPL-moronizing blah-blah. Refer to whatever you want. The
> terms matter, not preamble blah-blah.
>>        Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that
>> you have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and
>> charge for this service if you wish),
> That's "first sale" (as codified in 17 USC 109) which covers copies
> (material objects in which works are fixed) "lawfully made".

But there is no law which would permit you to create copies for the
purpose of redistribution.

> No license is needed (apart from rental and lease). The right is
> statutory default.

Go ahead and create copies of Microsoft Windows and sell them.

Good luck, you'll need it.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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