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Re: gpl licensing

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: gpl licensing
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 23:15:15 +0100 (CET)

   >    "Without copyright law the GPL would be unenforceable.  It
   >    would also be unnecessary"
   > Such claims are not really true, without copyright law we would
   > not have any means to protect the rights of users.  Copyright is
   > a double edged sword.  Only with laws that explicitly ban
   > non-free software would the GPL become unnecessary.

   Not being able to enforce non-freedom by the way of the law would
   be quite a big step forward.  Of course, this would leave technical
   measures.  The easiest being omitting the source code...

Or Treacherous Computing/Digital Restriction Managment, which is one
of the nicest things the GPLv3 draft touches upon.

   I consider it likely that the overall benefits would be worth
   losing both restrictions and protection possible by copyright.

While what you say is true, I wouldn't be willing to put my neck for
it.  I'd rather have a way to defend my freedom, then not having the


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