Re: Desert island test
Ken Arromdee <email@example.com> writes:
> consider this: if the bloody murderer will kill you if you reveal
> your identity (dissident test) the license demanding you do so is
> nonfree. But if the bloody murderer will kill you if you distribute
> source, the license demanding you do so is fine.
> What principle can possibly be used to get that?
The principle that there are certain freedoms essential in a software
work for that work to be called free.
In the first case, the bloody lunatic imposes a condition ("do not
reveal your identity") that is not in opposition to the freedom of the
work. That is, the condition, if combined with a free work, does not
make the work non-free, because the essential freedoms remain
undiminished. The work remains free regardless of the lunatic's
In the second case, the bloody lunatic imposes a condition ("do not
redistribute source code") that is directly opposed to at least one of
the essential freedoms in the work. That is, the condition, if
combined with a free work, makes the work non-free, because at least
one essential freedom has been compromised. Remove the lunatic's
imposed condition, and the work again becomes free.
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