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Re: Adding advisory notification for non-ELPA package.el downloads

From: Paul Rankin
Subject: Re: Adding advisory notification for non-ELPA package.el downloads
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:09:35 +1000

On Fri, 21 Jul 2017, at 12:47 AM, Jean-Christophe Helary wrote:
> > On Jul 20, 2017, at 23:36, Paul Rankin <address@hidden> wrote:
> > 
> > Owning a thing, and having rights to that thing as if you
> > owned it, are not the same thing.
> My understanding is that assigning copyright to the FSF means that you own 
> your thing and allow the FSF to own a copy. It is not at all what you 
> describe.

As it stands in the various international copyright treaties, assigning
copyright to another person or entity means assigning ownership. Owning
a copy is provided through a licence, e.g. owning Iron Man on DVD.

> For all practical purposes, what you describe above is two
> legally/symbolically/philosophically equivalent things.

To me this is feels internally contradictory.... I don't think practical
purposes can be taken to provide symbolic equivalency.... but, the whole
issue I'm trying to get across is with reducing copyright to its
practical purpose (or a subset thereof). If we are reducing all things
to their practical purposes, then yes, of course owning a thing and
having all the same rights to that thing can be called equivalent. But
to reframe my earlier point, the practical purposes of a thing do not
entail the thing.

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