[Fsf-friends] Rights flowing from the GNU GPL

Ramanraj K ramanraj@md4.vsnl.net.in
Sat Feb 28 04:35:18 IST 2004

Mahesh T. Pai wrote:

>I hate  to butt  into such  a brilliant analysis;  but this  one needs
>some amplification. 
That almost sounded condescending!

The importance of `freedom' is well known.  The minute we list the 
associated `rights' that follow from the `freedom', the practical value 
of the GNU GPL becomes apparent.  The GNU GPL gives:
Right to Copy
Right to Distribute
Right to Sell
Right to Fork
...  ...   ...  {many, many more rights} ... ... ...
Right to Freedom

The right to fork coupled with the liberty to use one's intellect to 
improve upon the existing body of code is significant.  An elaboration 
of the rights in detail, might also help in promoting better exercise of 
the freedom that the FSF stands for.

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