What is Copyleft?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Feb 22 18:54:20 UTC 2001

begin Ryan S. Dancey quotation:

> Here's a question I thought I'd never have to ask.
> What is a Copyleft?

Your underlying point is well-taken, and perceptive:  RMS's recent usage
of the term indeed appears to depart from its prior (and customary)
meaning, in objecting to the ability to link to non-free code.  

Here is FSF's answer to your question as posed, from
http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/copyleft.html :

"Copyleft says that anyone who redistributes the software, with or
without changes, must pass along the freedom to further copy and change

Cheers,                                Before enlightenment, caffeine.
Rick Moen                              After enlightenment, caffeine.
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