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Re: Is forcing "upstream" distribution really OK for free software?


From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: Is forcing "upstream" distribution really OK for free software?
Date: 08 Jul 2004 16:20:45 GMT

John Hasler <address@hidden> wrote:
> MJ Ray writes:
> > It seems to interfere with the right to adapt the program to your needs,
> > if you are some association rather than an individual.
> How?

Within some types of association (perhaps better "community" as it is
an organisation which is not represented as a single legal entity),
sharing modifications is distribution, strictly speaking.

> > Also if you have no way to send for free, it looks like an effective
> > royalty payment on distribution.
> It is at most a small one-time expense that is not paid to the author.  I
> don't see how you can call that a royalty.

So, there are limits on who the author can be (not the ISP or post service
which will benefit from your expense) and whether they can specify the
method of sending?




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