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Re: Drop the Copyright Assignment requirement for Emacs

From: Marcin Borkowski
Subject: Re: Drop the Copyright Assignment requirement for Emacs
Date: Sat, 09 May 2020 13:49:54 +0200
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On 2020-05-09, at 11:48, João Távora <address@hidden> wrote:

> Finally, above practical aspects, assigning copyright is declaring
> support for an idea larger than the FSF itself.  It's a political
> declaration.

Could someone officially confirm or deny the above paragraph?

If that is indeed so, I might consider withdrawing my assignment.  While
I do agree with FSF goals in some part, I never treated the copyright
assignment as a "political declaration", and if this is indeed the case,
I feel quite cheated.  When I assigned the copyright, nobody told me
anything about any "political declaration" stuff.  I was a bit hesitant
to sign the agreement, precisely because I was afraid it might be
understood as a "political declaration", and finally deciding that it is
more of a legal technicality and yet another rms'/FSF's weirdness.

To be clear: I am quite supportive of the idea of free software, and
I have quite a few reasons to agree with and even admire rms (and some
other reasons to firmly refute some of his views, which I consider
morally wrong, even evil maybe, and very harmful), but I e.g. do not
consider non-free software to be morally wrong.  I also agree with many
critical views on big corporations stealing our privacy, and imposing
new meanings on some words (the word "Orwellian" comes to mind).
I personally try to avoid giving away too much of my privacy - I use
Privavy Badger, I seldom google but use DuckDuckGo on a daily basis,
I almost never pay with a debit card (I made an exception because of the
covid-19 lunacy we have now) and I do not even have a credit card, but
I am not paranoid about it, and I do own an Android phone, an Amazon
Kindle and sometimes I use MS Windows (though I consider it clunky).
Also, I very much agree with rms' criticism for using some words (like
"intellectual property" or "piracy"), but consider his insistence on
using expressions like "Kindle Swindle" childish and even slightly

(Just a short summary of my views on free software, FSF and rms.)

So, if someone treats my signature of the copyright assignment as
a "political declaration" of support to FSF's or rms' views, I would
like to make it absolutely clear that this is not the case.


Marcin Borkowski

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