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

From: John Sullivan
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] fork with better wording, perhaps ?
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:43:06 -0400
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"Jason Self" <address@hidden> writes:

> Riley Baird said:
>> is a restriction
> The only way I can think of it to consider is a restriction is if
> Tivoization were considered a legitimate activity to begin with.
> Framing copyleft as a "restriction" is not a good idea. This goes back
> to what John said.
> As an example, it's not as if TiVo Inc. "can't" use GPLv3 stuff or
> that they the license somehow "restricts" them from doing so. Rather,
> they can and should use it (everyone should.) They just need to pass
> on those same freedoms to others.
> It's probably better to position/frame the GPL and copyleft as
> protecting software freedom rather than "restricting" it.

Right, and as "preventing others from restricting access to your

Given only one tag line to describe the GPL, "I care about sharing
improvements" is really not it. Probably something more like "I want my
software to always be free for everyone". 

Plus, the GPL choice links to v2. It should link to v3.


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