you are missing the whole point of the GPL!
Posted Oct 6, 2006 15:05 UTC (Fri) by mingo
In reply to: you are missing the whole point of the GPL!
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
I agree with mingo. The current language is asymmetrical - it says, in effect, "restrictions are statements of deep philosophical import and must be retained; permissions are minor preferences that you can remove".
Yes. But the assymetry gets worse than that: there are permissions that are "more equal" than other permissions: the core permissions of the GPLv3 - which (of course) no-one is allowed to remove!
All this plug-in language makes sense for small details that no-one cares deeply about but which have to be adhered to for legal reasons. It very much does not work for "details" that people feel strongly about and which details people want to survive in works that are based on theirs.
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