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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The FSF Allows No Derivatives,

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The FSF Allows No Derivatives,
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:03:24 -0400

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  > A friend of mine emailed Stallman about creating FAN translations of 
  > published works that have been locked up by exclusive privileges, (not 
  > questioning the legality of it because obviously we know the answer to 
  > that question even if I don't agree with how the law works), but 
  > questioning the morality of it. And he actually replied. He said 
  > creating derivatives of published works without permission is morally 
  > ok, but not translations. Translations are not ok.

I certainly did not say that -- I think someone misunderstood and
got it backwards.

The problem with translation is that if it is not done right
it has the effect of altering the point.  A license that 
permits anyone to translate a work has the effect of permitting
anyone to alter its position.

If there were a way to permit only correct, clear translation,
I would permit that -- but there is no realistic way to assure
that a translation is correct.

See for my views
about modification of non-functional works such as art and opinion.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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