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

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Gitlab and Gitorious (was Re: support me)
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:58:44 -0700
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I've been suggesting for a long time that the ideal vision we should at
least have rhetorically (not practically) is the abolition of copyright
and patent laws combined with mandatory source-release for published
works and prohibition of DRM.

On 03/08/2015 10:55 AM, James Dabgotra wrote:
> 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.

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