GPL v3

Ken Arromdee arromdee at
Fri Jan 27 17:42:38 UTC 2006

On Thu, 26 Jan 2006, Rick Moen wrote:
>   That other bit about fixed attributions making a work non-free/proprietary 
>   is one reason why, although I'm a long-time subscriber to debian-legal, 
>   I only rarely read it, in order to safeguard my blood pressure: Author 
>   attributions may not be stripped in derivative works by _default action 
>   of copyright law_, so it is utter lunacy to assert, as poster Garrett 
>   and numerous others do, that clauses to that same effect make the work 
>   non-free through it "failing the Chinese Dissident Test". 
>   That is a perfect example of the aforementioned problem of certain
>   posters being context-challenged and ignorant of the law. 

Copyright law protects someone who wants to be attributed.  The Chinese
Dissident Test protects someone who doesn't.  They're both about attribution,
but about very different aspects of it.

They have nothing to do with each other.

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