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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] fork with better wording, perha

From: ag ag01
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] fork with better wording, perhaps ?
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:15:36 -0400

> The only way I can think of it to consider is a restriction is if Tivoization 
> were considered a
> legitimate activity to begin with.

Definition of "restrict" from Wiktionary:
  "1. To restrain within bounds; to limit; to confine; as, to restrict worlds 
to a particular
meaning; to restrict a patient to a certain diet."

Making murder a crime is a restriction, it's one I agree with and one that's 
purpose is to protect
the freedom of others but that doesn't change the fact that it's a restriction. 
The anti-tivoization
clause in GPLv3 is also a restriction that tries to protect freedom.

> Framing copyleft as a "restriction" is not a good idea. This goes back to 
> what John said.

If you agree with the restriction then you might want to note how you think it 
will help protect
freedom but if you want to stay unbiased I don't see a problem just calling it 
a restriction. It
should probably be changed to say "restricts distribution" instead of 
"restricts use" though.

The only big problem with the wording of seems to be calling 
the licenses "OSS"
which is biased in favor of Open Source (it also has non-free Google Analytics 
spyware but that's

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