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Re: Question About GNU General Public License


From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 09:42:18 +0200
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<address@hidden> writes:

> Rui Miguel Seabra <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>> Yes. Mind, the realm of ideas, where the subject can be shared without
>> any loss of the emitter. If you transmit an idea you don't loose it. You
>> still have it, and the receivers now have it _too_ (neutral-win)
>
>> If you give your video card to someone else, you lost your video card
>> (loose-win).
>
>> It's a very clear distinction, at least to me. Do you have a problem
>> with that? In mind the most common transactions are neutral-win. You
>> didn't loose an idea (neutral) I won by learning something.
>
> So by your measurement a bacterial disease is software because you can
> give it to someone else while still having it yourself.

No, this is a common fallacy: "if A, then B" is *not* the same as
"if B, then A."  In particluar, "if something is software, it can be
duplicated" is not the same as "if something can be duplicated, it is
software."

Martin


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