Re: OSD && DFSG - different purposes - constructive suggestion!
Thomas, I'm responding to your questions, but I'm actually directing my
response to Branden Robinson, since I don't know your position on his
Branden, if the FSF's four freedoms are the consitution to DFSG's case
law, they have a lot in common with the US constitution, in that they
don't explicitly guarantee a right to privacy. So, see below.
On Mon, 2003-03-10 at 15:17, Thomas Bushnell-san wrote:
> > That's great, Thomas, but you're missing the point. You can say
> > "it's about privacy, it's about the freedom to keep things private,
> > it's about not fundamental rights" 'til you're blue in the face, and
> > even though every word of it's completely true, it's *not relevant*. We
> > don't guarantee every freedom we can, we guarantee the one's that are
> > important and useful.
> The point is that it is about *freedom*. You are saying that this
> restriction is ok. Why then is not a restriction "this software
> cannot be used by bigots" not OK? Why should we prohibit that
> restriction in free software?
Because the four freedoms do talk about freedom to use the software, but
don't say anthing about the freedom to *not* disclose source code under
> I'm saying "privacy is an aspect of freedom, and so we should make
> room for it."
Interestingly, neither the FSF's four freedoms, nor FDR's four freedoms
(wink) include privacy.
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