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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, 16 May 2020 16:11:41 +0200
User-agent: mu4e 1.1.0; emacs 27.0.50

On 2020-05-09, at 15:51, João Távora <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 2:35 PM Alfred M. Szmidt <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?
>> It is very much false.  By assigning your copyright to the FSF you do
>> just that and nothing else, it says nothing about what values you hold
>> or wish to endorse.
> I don't resist asking: does relinquishing copyright of a work to
> the "Free Software Foundation" a "nonprofit with a worldwide
> mission to promote computer user freedom" really say nothing
> about what values one wishes to endorse?

No, not necessarily.  As I said, I consider Emacs an extremely useful
tool, I may even feel indebted to the Emacs community (whatever this
expression means), and I agree with _some_ of the values of RMS/FSF, but
_definitely_ not with all of them.

> Maybe. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm happy to clarify that it did, _for me_, and
> that's how I meant it.  No idea why others did or didn't do that.


Marcin Borkowski

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