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Re: GPL v3 Draft

On Mon, Jan 16, 2006 at 02:41:02PM -0500, neroden@fastmail.fm wrote:
> > a) They may require the preservation of certain copyright notices,
> > other legal notices, and/or author attributions,
> ***
> Change this to "certain *accurate* copyright notices, other *accurate* legal 
> notices, and/or *accurate* author attributions...", and that part would be 
> fine.

> We have in actual fact encountered false and misleading copyright notices, 
> other legal notices, and author attributions on occasion.  It is not 
> reasonable or free to allow a license to require that they be retained, 
> although many old licenses do.

ObLegalLegerdemain: a copyright notice that is inaccurate is not a copyright
notice at all, it is merely a lying statement.  One cannot give notice of a
copyright that does not exist, therefore anything which purports to is not a
copyright notice and can be removed.


> > d) They may require that the work contain functioning facilities that
> > allow users to immediately obtain copies of its Complete Corresponding
> > Source Code.
> ***
> Although this may be a Free requirement -- and I believe it should be 
> considered Free -- it poses *major* practical problems for Debian.  For 
> Debian, I see only one real way of satisfying this: packaging a copy of the 
> entire source package into the .deb.  Yuck.  Anything else requires the user 
> to have Internet access or a local archive copy, which we can't guarantee.

> I think we would need the copyright holders of any software with this 
> requirement to grant a specified exemption to it for Debian, before we could 
> allow such a program into Debian.

> This is sufficiently burdensome that I have to wonder whether they really 
> meant to allow it, or whether it's a misdrafting.

Yeah, I simply don't consider it free for Debian's purposes.  I'm glad they
made it optional in the way they did.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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