Re: snippets [was Re: Respect for Upstream Authors and Snippets of Interest]
On Sunday, Sep 28, 2003, at 19:34 US/Eastern, Barak Pearlmutter wrote:
I'm not sure I follow your reasoning there.
You gave the "lemmings" argument (everyone else does X, so so should
we). He pointed out that in certain circumstances where everyone else
ignores non-freeness X, we don't.
The difference between B and C here is that firmware without source
denies to users their fundamental right to understand and modify the
software that controls their computer. Similarly, the non-free
xfonts-scalable-nonfree do not allow distribution of modified
versions. This denies to a user who has modified such a font in order
to improve the function of his computer the right to help his friends
improve their displays as well.
No such problems occur with "snippets."
It appears to me that you've arbitrarily decided this. The license on
the GNU Manifesto denies modification as well; this denies the user who
has modified the GNU Manifesto to be Bob's Manifesto the right to
distribute it, too.
The same applies to the person who wants to modify the heart-wrenching
message from the cancer victim to express his own troubles with cancer.
Or heart disease. Or anything else.
Why should a essay be any different than a computer program, a font, or