[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [Dev] [consensus][due: 2016-06-13]: New version fo

From: Julie Marchant
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [Dev] [consensus][due: 2016-06-13]: New version for Parabola Social Contract
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:06:49 -0400

On 06/16/2016 05:27 AM, Tiberiu-Cezar Tehnoetic wrote:
>> People could always try and twist our words even with the proper licensing.
> Sure, but with the proper licensing (NoDerivs), it's easier to enforce
> it, because it's easier to prove that the word twisting is a copyright
> violation than prove in court it's something not ethical/violates other
> human rights.

I'm pretty sure that's not what he meant by "proper licensing". It's
possible to twist someone's words without violating any copyright,
regardless of what the license is. Quote-mines, for example, are not
copyright infringement in the U.S. It's fair use to quote someone. I
discussed this and other points against this sort of protectionism based
on No-Derivatives licenses more at length here:

In any case, I don't think it's right to argue that a phony sentence is
acceptable because a legitimate sentence is more difficult. That sort of
thing can lead to all kinds of injustices, because it will result in
people who really didn't do anything wrong being prosecuted, too.
Imagine using this justification to make rape easier to prosecute:
criminalize sex with the understanding that it will only be used to
convict rapists. Well, it would make it easier to convict rapists, but
it would also make it easier for people who just happen to be evil to
send partners who didn't properly bend to their will to prison even
though they did nothing wrong.

Julie Marchant

Protect your emails with GnuPG:

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: OpenPGP digital signature

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]