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

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Fwd: The FSF Allows No Derivatives
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:47:53 -0700
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There problem with your conclusion is in the assertion that *allowing*
people to make derivative works detracts from or removes your original

Software is typically made where everyone collaborates on one result,
although forks occur. Cultural works usually are written where you have
one person's expression (which is nearly always at least inspired by, if
not directly drawing on, previous works) and then others make
expressions that may incorporate or draw on that work. Both works end up
existing and both reflect the work and perspectives of the author.

You seem to be conflating the *freedoms* to make derivative work
culturally with the question of whether a work is collaboratively edited
in a wiki style.

I have a blog. I license it CC-BY-SA. I will be happy for people to use
writings and work I've done in their own derivative works. Doing so does
*not* involve changing anything on my blog. It has NO effect on taking
away my personal expression and the identification of my words with my
own views.

On 05/25/2015 04:09 PM, Yoni Rabkin wrote:
> What I've heard so far are compelling arguments for both sides of the
> general principle. What I haven't heard is a specific reason why the FSF
> should change the license on a particular page. Translations have been
> mentioned, but those already exist on the FSF pages. And I've personally
> downloaded a copy of the fsf site from its version control system, made
> modifications, and sent patches which have been applied, so I can't say
> I've met any other issues with modifying the site either.
> On a personal note, reading all of this has helped me focus my thinking
> on this issue. Specifically:
>     Software runs the same on every equivalent computer. Computers are
> not unique; one loaded with the same software is as good as
> another. This isn't true of people because people are unique. These
> unique personal opinions of people matter and deserve to be heard and
> preserved as a unique representation of an unique individual; a human
> voice. To reflect this, I will be moving my personal blog from CC-BY-SA
> to a BY-ND license, namely:
> []

Aaron Wolf
music teacher,

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