Convert GPL to MPL

Rick Moen rick at
Sat Jan 19 21:25:56 UTC 2008

Quoting Philippe Verdy (verdy_p at
> Arnoud Engelfriet [mailto:arnoud at]
> > If I translate Shakespeare into Dutch, I fully own that translation
> > despite the fact that the English original is public domain.
> You own only the translation, not the text itself or other derivative works
> such as adaptations to the cinema that your translation would have
> influenced but none of your sentences are kept. The base work still belongs
> to Shakespeare, which has fallen to the public domain.

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our copyrights hasten to their end:
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all lawyers do contend.

    --- from some dead English guy's sonnet, slightly updated

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Rick Moen                                             -- Thomas Sowell
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