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Re: Hyman's retarded theory of MODIFIED work and its impact on spreading
Re: Hyman's retarded theory of MODIFIED work and its impact on spreading GNU philosophy
Fri, 05 Feb 2010 11:15:34 -0500
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On 2/5/2010 5:36 AM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
From you, never.
To "modify" a work means to change its form in some way.
A "verbatim" copy of a work preserves its exact words.
Converting an ASCII text document to EBCDIC results in a
modified document which is a verbatim copy of the original.
The GPL speaks of verbatim copies of program sources. Source
code is human-readable (by definition within the GPL; it is
the preferred form for making changes to it) and therefore
the concept of "verbatim" copy has significance. The source
may be copied as ASCII, EBCDIC, compressed, compressed within
an archive, and so forth while still being verbatim.