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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 22:56:06 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Oh dear dak,
> [... "copyright's strongholds are abolished" ...]
> -----
> AM4: The problem with this change in the copyright laws for three would
> be that you wouldn't get the sources.
> RMS: Right. There would have also to be a condition, a law that to sell
> copies of the software to the public the source code must be deposited
> somewhere so that three years later it can be released. So it could be
> deposited say, with the library of congress in the US, and I think other
> countries have similar institutions where copies of published books get
> placed, and they could also received the source code and after three
> years, publish it. And of course, if the source code didn't correspond
> to the executable that would be fraud, and in fact if it really
> corresponds then they ought to be able to check that very easily when
> the work is published initially so you're publishing the source code and
> somebody there says alright “dot slash configure dot slash make” and
> sees if produces the same executables and uh.
> So you're right, just eliminating copyright would not make software
> free.
> AM5: Um libre
> RMS: Right.
> -----
> LOL.

Do you think the FSF would refuse to get a better world if it can't get
a perfect world?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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