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Re: Re: Respect for Upstream Authors and Snippets of Interest

Barak Pearlmutter wrote:
About the "README" offer you allude to, do you really think an
upstream author's statement:

 Copyright blah blah blah ...

 Distributed under the GNU GPL v2 ...

 Source licenses for inclusion of this code in proprietary programs
 are available from the author for $10,000 plus 2% of gross sales.

is modifiable?  Removable sure.  Maybe appendable.  But modifiable?
How can it be changed?  Do you think Debian could just change the 2%
to a 0.5%?  Maybe give a discount to non-profits?  When we talk about
code being modifiable, that's what we mean: the ability to change it
in arbitrary ways.  Here, no changes are in fact possible, however you
read the license and such.

We talk about modifiability rights under copyright (and sometimes patent and trade secret) law. Not other "rights". People aren't allowed to distribute programs that defame or defraud other people regardless of the copyright license, and the example you just gave falls in precisely the same category.

It is modifiable to, for instance:

> The original author of this code (Mr. Foo) offers source licenses for >the inclusion of his code in proprietary programs; this does not apply
>to the modifications made by other authors, such as the Debian >packaging.

And it's quite likely that you would *want* to make this modification.

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