Re: [OT] Droit d'auteur vs. free software?
> > 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.
> Scripsit Mark Rafn <email@example.com>
> > 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.
On Wed, 1 May 2003, Henning Makholm wrote:
> It is not an artistic reputation.
Ok, how about Tuomas Kuosmanen, the creator of a whole lot of fine icons
in various free software packages? Would his qualify as an "artistic
Would he be able, regardless of the fact that his icons are released
under GPL, to prevent his work from being included in an accounting
package he didn't like?
[note: I don't know anything about Mr. Kuosmanen except for his free
software work. There is no reason to believe that he dislikes
> > (in this jurisdiction, at least).
> Which is "this jurisdiction"?
Any place which disallows a permission to create derived works without
reservation. This seems to be the crux of droit d'auteur, unless I'm
missing the point entirely.
Mark Rafn firstname.lastname@example.org <http://www.dagon.net/>