Joe Buck <Joe.Buck@synopsys.com> writes:
> Jeremy Hankins <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > I'm not clear what "the extent practicable" means here, but it
> > sounds like you may be required to purge the authors name/etc. from
> > the work if the author asks you to. That sounds like another
> > non-free point.
> Careful. Is Debian attempting to push a concept of "free" that
> conflicts with the European concept of the author's moral right?
In my personal opinion, the "moral rights" idea is very disturbing. I
know it has its defenders, but I'd be very surprised if a license
patterned after moral rights could pass the DFSG. Of course, that's not
an uncommon characteristic for a law to have (the US has it's fair share
of such laws). But saying that a license is like the "European concept
of author's moral right" is a long way from a DFSG free pass.
On the other hand, I'm not at all clear on the parallel between droit
d'author and this license. Removing all reference to someone is a whole
lot farther reaching than avoiding misrepresentations. Perhaps I'd like
to quote you in a critique of your position? I assume that even moral
rights would not give you the right to make me remove any reference to
you from my critique.
> If, in a foolish attempt at consistency, Debian wants to insist on the
> right to put words in peoples' mouths, there's a problem.
And this is yet a third issue, unrelated to either (a) purging all reference
to the author at the authors request, or (b) purging the authors name
from a work he finds personally repugnant. Conflating these three very
separate issues isn't helpful.
Jeremy Hankins <email@example.com>
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