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Re: A possible approach in "solving" the FDL problem

Jimmy Kaplowitz <jimmy@debian.org> writes:

> On Sat, Aug 16, 2003 at 01:02:44AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 15, 2003 at 01:30:48PM -0400, Jimmy Kaplowitz wrote:
>> > It can buy freedom, depending on "what exactly you buy," as Wouter said.
>> If you have bought it, what you have isn't freedom.
> I was talking about buying rights to a non-free software package and
> making it free for you and everyone else ... you have paid money to make
> there be a free software package where before there was only a non-free
> one ... that is buying freedom (for yourself, which you then share with
> others via a DFSG-free license), in a very real sense that pertains very
> much to copyright law. Blender is more free now than it was before the
> community paid $100K.

But Blender has no freedom -- it's just a bunch of bits.  And the
community is no more free for having bought Blender than it was before
-- certainly, I am no more free now than I was before other people
paid money for Blender.


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