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Re: Ironies abound (was Re: GPL v3 draft)

On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 07:56:14PM -0500, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> > Should the Debian project make a stink anyway?  Only if you also want to
> > make a stink about the LGPL, the X license, and every non-copyleft
> > license, because all permit a derivative work to add something like the
> > Affero clause.

> There's a wide difference.  The GPLv3 is explicitly making a statement:
> "these restrictions are acceptable".  Permissive licenses merely say "I
> don't care".  It implies that the FSF considers such restrictions free,
> and either hasn't considered, or doesn't care, about the legitimate
> applications that it implicitly prohibits.

> I don't think anybody is claiming this license exception is non-free in
> and of itself (if I have, it was in error), but that doesn't make it not
> damaging.

But in that case, you might find it more fruitful to discuss this clause
with the FSF itself rather than with debian-legal.

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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