Re: Fields of Endeavor (was Re: [Fwd: Intent to package: pm3])
At 01:23 AM 8/2/99 -0400, Mike Goldman wrote:
>Is a license DFSG-non-free if it has restrictions against certain uses to
>the author is deeply morally opposed, and where such uses are clearly
>to person or property (and not merely a "religious" objection on the part
>licensor)? Are all activities legitimate "fields of endeavor"?
Not merely a "religious" objection? Why should your objection to injuring
persons & property be treated any different from a Jew's objection to his
code being used for non-kosher foods or an animal right's person's
objection to his code being used to hurt or imprison animals, or a
Communist's objection to his code being used to support capitalist society?
(The Communist would certainly argue that capitalist society has far more
negative and long term effects then the immediate things you're worried
about.) If one of those is free, why shouldn't all of them be?
>Must an author permit such military use for a license to be DFSG-free?
Yes. Just like the author of Crafty had to allow people to use it in
tournaments for it to be free, which he found particularly immoral.
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