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Re: Social Contract: Practical Implications

On Sat, May 08, 2004 at 03:23:00PM -0700, William Ballard wrote:
> On Sat, May 08, 2004 at 06:12:33PM -0400, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> > The fact that non-free license texts are allowed in main does not imply
> > that every other bit of non-free software must be allowed in, too.
> When I brought up the fact that the GPL was non-modifiable everyone 
> rolled their eyes and said "this question is dead and buried, read the 
> archives."  Why is it being brought up again?  Why aren't people just 
> bein referred to the archives, why is there any discussion at all?

I don't think the archives address my question of license texts vs. terms.
I personally don't care; I'm only giving that particular argument as a
counterargument to "license texts *must* be unmodifiable", which I think
is false.  I havn't seen any disagreement or counters, but that may be
only because people don't care.

There's no question that license texts are an acceptable exception, and I
don't particularly care whether it's left implicit or made explicit (though
I'm opposed to the idea of adding text to the SC for the sole purpose of
stopping a few threads).  "License modifiability" has no relationship
whatsoever to firmware blobs or documentation.

Glenn Maynard

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