Right to distribute modifications?

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Feb 4 00:45:26 UTC 2002

Bjorn Reese scripsit:

> Then what differentiates the right to distribute the software with
> modifications from, say, the right to use the software with
> modifications (which relates to the FSF's freedom 0), to warrant
> explicit caution?

Contracts are about trapping an agreement in a net of inherently
ambiguous words.  The more explicitness, the better.  That's
why (common-law) lawyers tend to use multiple synonyms, like
"give and bequeath", "right, title, and interest", etc.
in the hopes that what one word doesn't capture, another will.

John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan at ccil.org
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_
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