Licence text and fabs
Posted Oct 3, 2006 15:23 UTC (Tue) by stijn
In reply to: Licence text and fabs
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
I do not think the GPL mentions 'quid pro quo' or 'tit for tat' anywhere.
It may very well be what *you* like about the GPL, but the GPL is concerned with the four freedoms. In this respect you seem to be trying to make the GPL be something it never was.
In earlier threads it has been stated that the FSF is now trying to impose its moral viewpoint on users, developers and the world. The GPL has *always* been about ethical issues and the four freedoms. This has been raised elsethread and has not been satisfactorily answered.
Look at freedom 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Do you see 'tit for tat' anywhere? Access to the source code is (just) a "precondition". Now the FSF and many other developers have judged that the preconditions have changed (DRM enters the fray), and they have judged this in the context of the four freedoms. They have always understood 'adapt' to exclude the meaning "having to buy or assemble new hardware". The tit for tat aspect of the GPL is a means to an end and a piece of a bigger puzzle.
There is only ONE material difference between the kernel devs position and the FSF position, and it is about where to draw to the line.
If you think the GPL is about tit for tat and nothing else your position is at least understandable. In that (warped) view perhaps one can accuse the FSF of bending their position and "abusing trust for political means". But the FSF position in view of the four freedoms is entirely consistent and has always been.
Then there are a lot of entirely immaterial differences (patents and supposed license hijacking), and there is obviously a whole cesspool of bad blood. Then people have different crystal balls. Some think powerful forces are at work to force DRM down our throat everywhere. Opinions differ on this as well as on the best course of licensing even if it were true.
I find the accusations of the FSF acting in bad faith incomprehensible. It is probably due to the persona of rms and the history of what's gone before. I had hoped that people would be able to communicate with Eben Moglen, but statements from Linus Torvalds imply bad blood even there.
As someone who does not yet unequivocally support GPL v3 (but I certainly prefer free over open) I am frankly surprised by the FSF bashing on the kernel devs side.
You cannot reduce GPL v2 to 'quid pro quo' and I see no grounds for your characterization 'eye for eye'.
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