Re: Bug#139945: ITP: prokyon3 -- a multithreaded MP3 manager and tag editor for Linux.
On Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 04:10:48PM -0500, Stephen Ryan wrote:
> I'd like to refer to the following article put forth by the FSF:
> All UC Berkeley ever wanted was that people give them credit, and RMS
> took the time to write an essay which is permanently enshrined on the
> FSF web site and conduct a personal campaign to stop it. Now, in a
> shockingly obvious development, GNU/FSF wants people to give them credit
> in pretty much the exact same fashion that they denied to BSD before,
> and they aren't getting it. If I had any interest in any of the *BSDs,
> I'd be offended on their behalf.
You are missing the most critical and obvious point that BSD tried to
enforce credit in the license, an annoying requirement that has since
been dropped by Berkeley, btw.
The FSF has never tried to enforce such things in the GPL. They value
your freedom higher than the attribution to them, except that you must
not remove the last thing that tells the truth: The copyright notice
All they would ever allow themselve to do is to ask you to give them
credit. You are allowed to deny them their wish. Now, you and many
people seem to be annoyed that they insist on their wish, and repeat on
every occasion. Why does that make you so uncomfortable? Maybe it
makes some people uncomfortable because it encourages them to think
about more about free software, and about the political stance. Whereas
some people seem to be more happy with ignoring it entirely.
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