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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Gitlab and Gitorious (was Re: support me)

From: James Dabgotra
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Gitlab and Gitorious (was Re: support me)
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:55:07 -0700
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I think what was being suggested is copyleft encourages developers to forgo 
their "right" to put software under a proprietary license. But copyleft isn't 
mandatory. Besides, that "freedom" to put it under that license is the freedom 
to potentially exercise power over others. Vis-a-vis JS Mill, you should be 
free to do whatever you want if it does not hinder the well-being and freedom 
of others. But copyright is often meant to do that -- its you being free to 
exercise power over others. Given that, an argument can be made that making 
copyleft mandatory and outlawing proprietary software (paternalistically) 
could maximize freedom. 

On Sunday, March 08, 2015 12:01:30 AM Giuseppe Molica wrote:
> >[[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
> >[[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
> >[[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
> >
> >Copyleft is not a restriction.  It is a defense against restrictions
> >imposed by middlemen on the users.
> I totally agree with Stallman. Copyleft is, actually, the best defense
> that FREE users have.


James Dabgotra

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