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Re: Copyright/Distribution questions (Emacs/Orgmode)

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Copyright/Distribution questions (Emacs/Orgmode)
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:16:11 +0300

> From: Jambunathan K <address@hidden>
> Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:09:30 +0530
> Cc: address@hidden
> Thien-Thi Nguyen <address@hidden> writes:
> > () Andreas Röhler <address@hidden>
> > () Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:23:21 +0200
> >
> >    Wherefrom the eagerness to remove Jambus's code then?
> >    Seems more people believe that, even if it's wrong wrt GPL.
> >
> > The GPL exists to serve a social movement centered around sharing.
> > Releasing code under the GPL and then agitating to unshare that
> > (and/or future) code works against both the spirit of that movement
> > and the efforts of its supporters.
> I haven't unshared anything.

Yes, you have.

> I am un-willing to allow the users of Org mode to enjoy the privileges
> of my changes within the comforts of Emacs.  That's it.

That's "unsharing" in my book.

I hope you realize that it's against the GPL spirit, and possibly also
the letter (IANAL), to restrict use of Free Software like that.  Once
you start on this slippery path, your code is not longer free.

> So the changes will still continue to be shared and it won't be via
> Emacs.

A.k.a. "non-free software".

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