Re: DRAFT: debian-legal summary of the QPL
Mahesh T. Pai wrote:
> MJ Ray said on Sun, Jul 11, 2004 at 10:24:26AM +0100,:
> > Personally, I'm not sure that is as much of a problem as the
> > requirement to distribute unpublished mods to a central authority on
> > request. I'd be interested to know whether this aspect of the tests is
> > grounded in the DFSG, and see that information added to the FAQ.
> At some point of generalisation, this becomes an issue of striking a
> balance between a particular user's right to keep his modifications to
> himself, and right of the community as a whole to have access to free
The point where this becomes that sort of issue is the point at which the
individual human user/modifier is actually distributing the modifications
to other people, though not necessarily to the public in general.
If the user is really doing stuff privately -- just for himself! -- and
happens to talk about it, he certainly shouldn't be forced to distribute it
before he's ready! This is no issue at all.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.