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Re: one of the many reasons why removing non-free is a dumb idea

Craig Sanders (cas@taz.net.au) wrote:
This non-free data & documentation can still be used and even modifed by the
end-user, however,
Not necessarily legally modified. In the US you may need a license to modify works even privately; it's legally unclear.
and the fact that modified versions can not be redistributed
really makes NO PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE to anyone at all.  no one really needs to
modify doc-linux-nonfree-text, or povray-doc.....
This is just too silly a claim to argue with. Even Stallman, notorious supporter of non-free documentation, would disagree.

any possible need to modify
can easily be worked around with an errata sheet,
"Any possible need to modify a program can be easily worked around with patches."

or by submitting a change to
the authors.
"Any possible need to modify a program can be handled by submitting a change to its authors."

So this paragraph is complete nonsense, and I won't try to argue with it any further, because so many people have already explained why it's totally false.

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