Unfortunately the FSF thinks the GPL end justifies any misleading means
Posted Sep 11, 2010 15:30 UTC (Sat) by coriordan
In reply to: Unfortunately the FSF thinks the GPL end justifies any misleading means
Parent article: FSF responds to Oracle v. Google and the threat of software patents
> inalienable author's rights
But that's a copyright problem, not a GPL problem. The argument you were making is that the GPL isn't as good as FSF says it is. Inalienable author's rights have never been found to be a problem for free software, and if they are a problem then it's not FSF's fault, and in fact, GPL actually does more to protect software from this problem than most (or all) other free software licences.
The GPL's requirement to maintain a changelog has the role of protecting the reputation of the author, which might reduce the risk that an author could try to use those inalienable author's rights to place restrictions on modified versions.
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