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Re: TomTom, the GPL and patents


From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: TomTom, the GPL and patents
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:22:44 -0500
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rjack writes:
> By the way, your "four freedoms" are really "restrictions" cloaked in
> socialist semantics.

They are not restrictions at all.  What is a restriction is copyright: it
is the government telling you what you may and may not do with your own
property.  Why is that not "socialist"?

Hyman writes:
> The purpose of distributing under the GPL is so that users can run, read,
> modify, and share the software they receive. If something would prevent
> them from doing these things, then their freedoms are vitiated.  Under
> those circumstances, there is no point in distributing software them, and
> so the GPL forbids it.

Only if it is something _you_ do, such as requiring them to agree to a
patent license (or sublicense) that would prevent them from exercising the
rights they would otherwise heve under the GPL.
-- 
John Hasler 
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Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA


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