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Re: Results for Debian's Position on the GFDL

Raul Miller writes:

> File permissions have little or nothing to do with enforcing copyright.
> File permissions are an all or nothing mechanism.  You either have
> given a person a copy of the copyrighted material, or you have not.

Things like the execute bit, not to mention ACLs like those supported
in AFS, NTFS, and other systems, make this claim transparently false.

File permissions control more forms of access than just who can copy a
work -- but even the read bit taken in isolation is a mechanism that
effectively controls access to a work.

Michael Poole

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