Re: Misunderstanding of PD and copyrights

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 17 2004 - 15:10:35 CDT

On Thursday 13 May 2004 05:09 pm, David Mertz wrote:
> On May 13, 2004, at 8:01 PM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
> > Please do not confuse the terminology. Free Software means
> > GPL licensed software, which may not be made the basis of
> > proprietary software. BSD licenses are not Free Licenses.
>
> The Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, and Eben
> Moglen (and me) all disagree with you:
>
> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

OK, you're right. I have always been told that Stallman and
Gnu.org only cansidered copylefted software to be Free Software,
but I see that their page explicitly says otherwise.

> I doubt you can find any well-known published work that
> advances your idiosyncratic definition of Free Software; and I
> think we are better off, in the OVC, sticking with the widely
> used meaning.
>
> I'm not merely trying to be ornery; I also think it is
> important that other list readers do not get confused on the
> ordinary meanings of terms, and thereby embarrass OVC because
> of misuse.
>
> > I reserve copyright on my own contributions, if you won't.
>
> Please attach a notice to each of your posts, so as not to
> confuse readers who see the welcome message and the archive
> notices.

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