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Re: GNU License, Again

From: mike3
Subject: Re: GNU License, Again
Date: 25 May 2007 12:55:10 -0700
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On May 24, 1:54 pm, "Alfred M. Szmidt" <> wrote:
>    > >Why? What is the purpose of making the license that way? Oh,
>    > >that's right -- to create MORE free code.
>    >
>    > Yeah. That's the purpose of the license. It's a pay it forward license.
>    Thank you for vindicating my understanding! I am pleased.
> Byron Jeff has misunderstood the goal of the license.  You are simply
> agreeing with a incorrect opinoin since it aligns with what you think
> it should be.  The GPL cannot create more code.
> You are simply looking for a confirmation of a misunderstanding, from
> that you can deduce anything.

You do not seem to understand that by "create more code" I do not
mean it in this ultra-literal sense of "causing code to come into
existence". It is a shorter, and less literal form of this:

"The GPL requires one to release their own code as free under GPL
if they use GPL code in said own code."

So my understanding then is that it does more than simply "keep
code that was already free free", but that in ADDITION to that, it
also requires one to release their non-free code as free if they
want to use the free code, which therefore increases the amount
of free code in existence. This is what I mean -- you do not seem
to see that it does MORE than just "keep free code free".

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