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Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:33:22 +0200

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> the same thing that the GPL preamble says, that they're using
> the law against itself ... 

Yeah. The next step is to pretend to use a law meant to, say, prevent
child pornography against itself and procalim that the law is now being
used to force child pornography via a "private agreement" intended to
"substantially oust public law institutions" suggesting that such a
private agreement is totally legal and fully enforceable. Are you really
that insane to buy such "jujitsu" insanity, Hyman?

In a 1986 interview with Byte magazine, Stallman summed up the GPL 
in colorful terms. In addition to proclaiming hacker values, Stallman 
said, readers should also "see it as a form of intellectual jujitsu, 
using the legal system that software hoarders have set up against 

BTW, the copyright law doesn't prevent sharing. It gives authors a right
to charge more than zero for sharing. The GPL seeks to evaporate that
right and impose licensing at no charge.

What say you now, Hyman?


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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