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Re: Org schemas we talked to be non-free, was: [ELPA] New package: repol

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Org schemas we talked to be non-free, was: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 21:53:01 +0200

> Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 22:12:17 +0300
> From: Jean Louis <bugs@gnu.support>
> Cc: ams@gnu.org, emacs-devel@gnu.org, Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>,
>  arthur.miller@live.com, dgutov@yandex.ru
> > Only a special class of derivative works can be distributed freely,
> > and it sounds like some of these would fall under "fair use" anyway.
> > Certainly this isn't enough to qualify as a free software license?
> > 
> >    However, this document itself may not be modified in any way,
> >             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> >    including by removing the copyright notice or references to OASIS,
> >    except as needed for the purpose of developing any document or
> >    deliverable produced by an OASIS Technical Committee (in which case
> >    the rules applicable to copyrights, as set forth in the OASIS IPR
> >    Policy, must be followed) or as required to translate it into
> >    languages other than English.
> Then it is not free.

Forgive me for a possibly naïve question, but why on earth would you
want to modify a schema?  It's the same as modifying a physical law.
Would you say that E = mc² is "non-free" because it cannot be
meaningfully modified at will?

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