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

Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet <galactus@stack.nl> wrote:

> Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> > Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet <galactus@stack.nl> wrote:
> > > If I transfer my copyright, I can not stop you from harming 
> > > my reputation. That's why the law has the extra provision that
> > > helps me protect my moral rights.
> > 
> > If I transfer my copyright to you, you can't (IMHO) damage my reputation
> > by doing silly things to my work.  You can damage _your_ reputation by
> > doing that.
> People will think you made the silly modifications, and so
> your reputation is harmed. I am not required by law to say
> I modified the work if I bought the copyright from you.

Okay.  But in the case of free software, the author _still_ does hold
the copyright.  So the silly derived works must be marked as modified
(following the license).  What extra protection is required?

> > This is _not_ a legal argument.  It's a common sense argument.
> > Unfortunately some laws don't make sense.
> Indeed. So I guess the question is, do you want to pay
> any attention to laws that do not make sense?

>                                               Are you
> worried about the (remote) possibility of free software
> authors accusing people of violating their moral rights
> to stop certain modifications?

If it applies to software, sure.  But you won't find me arguing that
the extra protection is needed or good, as others have in this forum.


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