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



On Mon, 12 May 2003 14:50:28 -0400, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 07:45:51PM +0200, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> > The motivation for making them unrevokable is to prevent
> > authors from being forced to accept unconditional surrender
> > of their works. Then they could be made to look like total
> 
> So the only way to prevent this is to remove my right to do it at all?
> That's ludicrous.  Rights are not preserved by revoking other rights.

Whatever you may think of the specific merits of the droit d'auteur
system, please bear in mind that every legal system gives you rights
you cannot barter away.  For instance, no modern legal system lets you
sell yourself into slavery, and I think that that is a good thing.  So
the question is which rights are fundamental and irrevocable and
unable to be sold, not whether there are such rights.

Peace,
	Dylan

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