Rchard Stallman vs Darl McBride

Levi Pearson levipearson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 22:31:43 MDT 2010


On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM, Jon Jensen <jon at endpoint.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2010, Levi Pearson wrote:

> So the GPL may seem draconian, but if you had to specifically claim all
> the "rights" that copyright law gives you, you'd sound pretty preachy and
> fussy about rights and whatnot. I think in light of the new default
> "everything is copyrighted by default" legal situation (only since 1976 in
> the U.S.) the GPL is still pretty friendly.
>
> In other words, I don't see the more liberal licenses such as BSD or MIT
> being on any higher moral ground, or freer, than the GPL. They just have
> different tradeoffs.

Except that 'more liberal' literally means more free. :)  I get your
point, though, and that's what I said at the beginning of this.  I
don't care for the social movement surrounding the GPL, and I would
rather attend a presentation on technical topics than on Free Software
evangelism.

As a document granting specific rights, the GPL is a useful tool in
some circumstances.  As a literary work, it reads like the love child
of a missionary tract and a regular software license.  I don't
generally like its tradeoffs or its style, though I will concede that
it has served a useful purpose.

        --Levi


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