Request for approval: EUPL (European Union Public Licence)

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Sun Mar 16 01:13:25 UTC 2008

Russ Nelson wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen writes:
>  > But what if translation X, say, doesn't require providing source code? 
> What if, say, a meteor struck the earth?

To follow this intellectually lazy analogy, then NASA would realize it 
shouldn't have smashed the meteor into 22 pieces then let it slip off 
the radar.

>  > > Free Software in a totalitarian state?  Why don't we also imagine
>  > > frozen steam at the same time?
>  > 
>  > I'd rather have free software in a totalitarian state than no free 
>  > software in a totalitarian state.
> I think you'd have more serious things to worry about than complying
> with a software license.

You make it sound like it's only hypothetical.  There are free software 
users in totalitarian states right now.  Who do you think uses Tor? 
They obviously do have serious things to worry about, and free software 
should make their lives easier, rather than harder.

If you think being in a totalitarian state means they don't have to be 
concerned at all about copyright, you're wrong.

No other OSI-approved license imposes a similar contact info requirement.

Matt Flaschen

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