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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewsense: CDRTOOLS- gNS bug 108

From: Kevin Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewsense: CDRTOOLS- gNS bug 108
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 21:39:42 -0500

I'll disclaim this: I'm both a Debian user AND an Associate Member of the FSF...

I've always taken Debian Legal's opinion VERY seriously.

That said, there's something intestesting here beyond "do we accept
this license"... The question that keeps bouncing in MY mind is "Are
comments in GPL source code equal to license restrictions?"

Thing on this: Shilly places a comment in the code that says "You
can't have it return Shilly"... if the software is GPL, one has the
right to remove that comment and one ALSO has the right to have that
function return "Shilly".

On the other hand, it's VERY clear that Jorg considers code that does
that to be a violation of his copyright, and while I don't like it,
I'm not easily able to violate an author's copyright. Either it's
free, and I'll respect his copyright, or it's non-free, and I'll
consider his code to be useless because it is restrictive.

Just the ramblings of a drunk man...

On Nov 10, 2007 8:18 PM, Karl Goetz <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-11-10 at 23:01 +0000, Chris Andrew wrote:
> > Hi, everybody.
> >
> > I'm not convinced that bug 00108
> > ( contravenes the FSF guidelines.
> >
> > Could somebody please be an _extra pair of eyes_ for me, as it would
> > be good to move this blocker.
> can you say /why/ you think that?
> thanks
> kk
> >
> > Many thanks.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Chris.
> >
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