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Re: [LMAO] El Reg: "GPLv2 - copyright code or contract?"

Subject: Re: [LMAO] El Reg: "GPLv2 - copyright code or contract?"
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:41:13 -0500
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On 2009-10-17, Alan Mackenzie <> wrote:
> In gnu.misc.discuss Hadron <> wrote:
>> Alan Mackenzie <> writes:
>>> In gnu.misc.discuss Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
>>>> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>>>> [...]
>>>>> Software writers of good faith have no difficulty at all with the GPL.
>>>> Who appointed you to talk for "software writers of good faith", Alan?
>>> Don't be silly.  One doesn't need to be elected to state plain facts.
>>> I am myself a software writer of good faith, and I know lots of others,
>>> and none of us has the slightest difficulty with the GPL.  You are not
>>> a software writer at all, as far as I can remember, so you're not in a
>>> position to dispute this.
>> If "slightest difficulty" means you don't really care the fine. But to
>> try and maintain it's clear and easy is somewhat disingenuous on your
>> part. It should be abbundantly apparent to anyone who follows thread
>> about the GPL that it's not "easy" and "totally clear" at all.

    The GPL is very plain and clear. 

    The problem is that it represents something that many people would like
to "pirate". They want to make excuses to justify their "freeloading". They
are the very definition of "freetards". They want to take advantage of the
work of others while ignoring the terms under which it is provided.

    Now this is the height of hypocrisy.

    This is the perfect example of Hadron proving himself the faithful Lemming.

> I care a very great deal about the GPL, the license I hack under.  It is
> a model of clear writing.  This is not to be conflated with the copyright
> law in various jurisdictions, which can be confusing and complicated
> indeed.
> It isn't difficult to spread FUD about the GPL, particularly to those who
> don't trouble themselves to read it.  Those who create this FUD in this
> mailing list are, with one exception, anonymous, and it is thus impossible
> to establish their credentials, motivations, who (if anybody) pays them
> to spread the FUD, etc.  The exception who isn't anonymous stated some
> while ago that attacking the GPL was his "hobby".
> Those who maintain the GPL is not clear, and are fluent readers of
> English, are either being disingenuous or dishonest themselves, or are of
> somewhat limited intellectual capacity.

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