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Re: Some ideas with Emacs

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Some ideas with Emacs
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 17:41:36 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I never said I want to write a "free" (as in FSF) book.

I'm not talking about any particular book or any particular author, but
I'm concerned here about whether I would consider a license "Free
enough" that I'd feel comfortable recommending the book to someone.

> I didn't say "disallowing".  I said "disallowing without an explicit
> consent".

That's pretty much the same, actually: a license only says what you can
do without asking for additional permission.  It doesn't prevent the
author from giving additional permissions upon request.

> Have you heard the story about the infamous Swedish
> translation of LotR?  While I would not compare any of my books (written
> or to-be-written) with that of master JRRT, this is an important
> cautionary tale.

That's why I said:

    I can agree that the author may not want to have his name directly
    attached to the translation, but that's a far cry from disallowing
    translations altogether.

E.g. I could accept a license which states that any derivative work
(translation or otherwise) needs to use a different title and/or clearly
say not only that it's a derivative of your work but also that it is not
your work.  Or something along these lines.


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