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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:25 -0000
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Florian Weimer <> writes:

> * Barry Margolin:
>> But at least he's consistent.  I haven't read the GNU Manifesto in a 
>> while, but I'm pretty sure he suggested a similar system to compensate 
>> programmers in a world where all software is free.
> Version 3 of the GPL envisions a model where the programmer is paid
> primarily not to make his or her (supposedly tailor-made)
> modifications public:
> | You may convey covered works to others for the sole purpose of having
> | them make modifications exclusively for you, or provide you with
> | facilities for running those works [...].  Those thus making or
> | running the covered works for you must do so exclusively on your
> | behalf, under your direction and control, on terms that prohibit them
> | from making any copies of your copyrighted material outside their
> | relationship with you.
> Because of this extremely far-reaching limitation (and the AGPL
> compatibility clause, which promotes software hoarding), I don't
> consider the GPL version 3 to be a copyleft license.

It's the the same as GPLv2 in this respect, just explicitly.
Contractors don't count as distribution channels.  If I give a book to a
bookbinder for fixing, he is not entitled to private copies.  Not even
if it is a copylefted book.

The copy remains in my possession.  External maintenance still is
internal use.

David Kastrup

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