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Re: [OT] Droit d'auteur vs. free software?

Scripsit Mark Rafn <dagon@dagon.net>
> On Wed, 30 Apr 2003, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > And I don't think that the author of a piece of software has any
> > "literary or artistic reputation or character" connected with it.

> You don't?  I think that artistic reputation is among the common reasons
> for releasing free software.  It seems unlikely that Linus Torvalds's
> reputation is completely unrelated to software he's written.

It is not an artistic reputation.

> > Anyway, by voluntarily releasing his work under a free license, the
> > author unmistakenly states that his literary or artistic reputation
> > cannot be considered violated by any form of derived work.

> Except he cannot actually grant this blanket permission under sub 3.

He cannot grant a permission to violate. But since no violation is
possible, that does not matter.

> If he decided he didn't want the Linux kernel used for a cruise
> missile, it sounds like he would have a pretty strong claim

Not according to the law I quoted.

> (in this jurisdiction, at  least).

Which is "this jurisdiction"?

Henning Makholm                               "Luk munden og se begavet ud!"

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