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Re: GNU "Moral Codes"

From: mike3
Subject: Re: GNU "Moral Codes"
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 22:35:38 -0700
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On Aug 26, 1:30 pm, "Alfred M. Szmidt" <> wrote:
>    >    2. It's illegal to relicense GPL-licensed software of others
>    >    under proprietary terms to third parties, by the terms of the
>    >    GPL and The Law. (Not to mention it's also immoral under (1)
>    >    as well w/ FSF morals. And also because you break the law
>    >    doing it and you're supposed to follow the law.)
>    >
>    > No, it is perfecly legal to do so if you are the copyright
>    > holder.
>    I was talking about doing so to the work of others. Again, read
>    more carefully and notice, "of OTHERS" right there in the
>    text. That means work you do NOT hold the copyright to.
> One can ask the copyright holder for permission to relicense the work.

I was thinking of the scenario in which you *don't* have
permission and/or could not get it. Am I then right in that
case, that it would be against the GPL and the law, to
relicense the work of those others yourself under some
proprietary license (or indeed some license that is not
the GPL, proprietary or not)?

>    >    Is that all right?
>    >
>    > No.
>    You sure, after the corrections described above are
>    applied?
> Quite.  Screaming like a 10 year old sure won't help you though, nor
> is it useful to answer those parts of your message.

Then here it is without the "screaming". I guess I need
to make much clearer the assumptions/things I take
for granted when describing the scenario and be more
verbose (such as that in the scenario you do not have
permission of those others to use their work in a way
different from the GPL, etc.):

Is it against FSF's morals to restrict the freedom
of the user through a proprietary license in order to
profit from one's *own* work?

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