Request for approval: EUPL (European Union Public Licence)

Russ Nelson nelson at
Sun Mar 16 04:54:22 UTC 2008

Matthew Flaschen writes:
 > 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.

Well then we should perhaps stick to realistic risks, then, eh?

 > >  > > 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? 

Everybody who wants to have their Internet usage watched very closely?

 > They obviously do have serious things to worry about, and free software 
 > should make their lives easier, rather than harder.

Fine.  But if they're at THAT much risk, the concerns of a free
software license are probably way way down on their TOWORRY list.

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

Convince me.  Real cases, rather than fevered sophomoric imaginings,
would be a help.

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