Re: GPLed software with no true source. Was: Bug#402650: ITP:mozilla-foxyproxy
"Kevin B. McCarty" <kmccarty@Princeton.EDU> writes:
> Evan Prodromou wrote:
> personally (IANAL) I'd consider whitespace stripping to be a
> non-issue. After a change that is trivial for any downstream
> recipient of the code to make (running the afore-mentioned
> "indent"), the whitespace-stripped code is transformed into a
> if not bit-for-bit identical.
Careful with this. "functionally identical" is not what is needed; we
need the work *in the form that's preferred for modification*,
including all comments and other human-to-human communication. The
entire point of getting the source code is that it's what the *human*
needs as a programmer, not that it's "functionally identical" to the
In the case of whitespace stripping, specifically for ECMAscript (and
not, e.g., Python), the whitespace *can* be stripped and re-added. But
that doesn't mean that any change resulting in a "functionally
identical" version of the work satisfies the "preferred form of the
work for making modifications to it" test.
Hence I don't think it's helpful to ask whether what the recipient
receives is "functionally identical". Source code is a communication
from one programmer to another, much more than it is a communication
from one programmer to a CPU.
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