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www/copyleft copyleft.html

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/copyleft copyleft.html
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 12:31:09 +0000

CVSROOT:        /webcvs/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       08/04/10 12:31:09

Modified files:
        copyleft       : copyleft.html 

Log message:
        Explain that "left" doesn't mean "leave".
        Other small clarifications.


Index: copyleft.html
RCS file: /webcvs/www/www/copyleft/copyleft.html,v
retrieving revision 1.69
retrieving revision 1.70
diff -u -b -r1.69 -r1.70
--- copyleft.html       29 Mar 2008 14:56:23 -0000      1.69
+++ copyleft.html       10 Apr 2008 12:30:35 -0000      1.70
@@ -67,12 +67,21 @@
 Proprietary software developers use copyright to take away the users'
 freedom; we use copyright to guarantee their freedom.  That's why we
 reverse the name, changing &ldquo;copyright&rdquo; into
-Copyleft is a general concept; there are many ways to fill in the
-details.  In the GNU Project, the specific distribution terms that we
-use are contained in the
+Copyleft is a way of using of the copyright on the program.  It
+doesn't mean abandoning the copyright; in fact, doing so would make
+copyleft impossible.  The word &ldquo;left&rdquo; in
+&ldquo;copyleft&rdquo; is not a reference to the verb &ldquo;to
+leave&rdquo; &mdash; only to the direction which is the inverse of
+Copyleft is a general concept, and you can't use a general concept
+directly; you can only use a specific implementation of the concept.
+In the GNU Project, the specific distribution terms that we use for
+most software are contained in the
 <a href="/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public License (available in
 HTML</a>, <a href="/copyleft/gpl.txt">text</a>, and
 <a href="/copyleft/gpl.texi">Texinfo</a> format).  The GNU General
@@ -166,7 +175,7 @@
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2008/03/29 14:56:23 $
+$Date: 2008/04/10 12:30:35 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->

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