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

Scripsit <joemoore@iegrec.org>
> Henning Makholm said:

> > No he can't. His placing Emacs under a free license, aside from his
> > numerous writings about software freedom, clearly imply that his works
> > have no intrinsic artistic character that could possibly be violated by
> > any third-party modification.

> Is this ("no intrinsic artistic character") a characteristic of Emacs, or of
> Free Software in general?

Free software in general. But you are parsing it wrong. It is
    no (intrinsic artistic character that could possibly be violated
    by any third party modification).
There's lot of artistic character, but it consists, among other
things, in the permission to modify freely.

> Does this "clear" implication extend to documentation  released
> under a Free licence?  Does this "clear" implication extend to
> literary, visual arts, or audio works released under a Free license?

I'd say yes, *if* the author *voluntarily* made the software free.

> There have been conflicting statements on d-l about the applicability of
> Free Software licenses in countries where 'moral rights' are irrevokable.

Notice that all of those who claim that free software is impossible
come from common law-countries themselves.

Henning Makholm           "Larry wants to replicate all the time ... ah, no,
                   all I meant was that he likes to have a bang everywhere."

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