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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense a only for software libre? Not requiring

From: Luis Felipe López Acevedo
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense a only for software libre? Not requiring free cultural works with software?
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 14:08:29 -0500

El dom, 22-11-2009 a las 16:04 -0200, Victor Cortiano escribió:
> > Fortunately for us, copyright is actually our friend.
> Yeah, I know. I'm familiar with the GPL, and I like it.
> But if you think deeper, you'll see that copyright gives too
> much power to the artist/programmer/etc. (I'm talking about
> "All rights reserved" kind of stuff)
> In a better world we would not need copyright to protect software
> users' freedom. But until that, I totally support the GPL.
> But in art I don't see how copyright would help us in the moment.
> I'm no expert,but as far as I know you don't need an image's "source
> code" to change it :)

I do. I need digital art source files to learn how the final art was
done and to change the final results if I'm allowed to do so. Take
Blender movies as an example of this. If you want to modify one of the
scenes of the movie, you can do it because you have the source files.
Otherwise, you would have to create the whole scene from scratch
(models, texture, lights, animation, etc).

Although current free licenses for artwork don't require the artists to
include the editable files (source files) to consider it free cultural
work, I think it's a good practice to include them if they exist.

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