# Re: Poll results: User views on the FDL issue

On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Adam McKenna wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 20, 2005 at 03:33:03PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> > "It's the same program whether it's in C or in m68k machine code."
>
> For example, I may place a formal copyright notice in a comment in
> every .c file in my application. You're not allowed to remove these
> copyright notices when you distribute my source code, however, these
> comments are removed by the compiler during compilation, and the
> resulting binary is distributable.
>
> There is no analog to this situation with documentation.

Lets look at a trivial example of this situation in documentation:

echo '\documentclass{article}
% This document is Copyright 2005 By Foo Bar Baz
% Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
\begin{document}
Hello World
\end{document}' > example.tex; pdflatex example.tex; xpdf example.pdf;

Hrm. No this document is copyrighted there...

strings example.pdf|grep Foo; Hrm. Not there either.

Don Armstrong

--
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are
not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is
not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a
way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is
humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
-- Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

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