Re: [OT] Droit d'auteur vs. free software?
Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 07:45:51PM +0200, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> > If I transfer my copyright, I can not stop you from harming
> > my reputation.
> No? What can the new copyright holder do to harm your reputation that
> you aren't protected from under other laws?
He can modify the work in a way that makes it lose its artistic
integrity. Since I'm a famous artist, people will recognize it
as mine but with stupid modifications. That makes me look
stupid. Or that's the theory.
> > The author always retains the right to object to mutilations
> > of the work. It's his natural right.
> What a funny use of the term "natural" right.
I'm not sure it's entirely the right time, but the basic
principle behind European copyright law is that you have
by definition certain rights. Not just to "promote progress",
but simply because you made the work. It's your intellectual
Anyway, I'm just trying to explain the concept. I think it's
being taken very far right now. Feel free to consider it
stupid or outdated, but that doesn't make the concept go away.
Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
Patents, copyright and IPR explained for techies: http://www.iusmentis.com/