On "A matter of privacy?"

Georg C. F. Greve greve at gnu.org
Sat May 19 09:49:59 UTC 2001


Hi Evan,

interesting story. 

One could probably say that it only goes to show that people make
mistakes when transcribing things, because - as you probably already
know - the OSD is derived from the Debian Free Software Guidelines
which are derived from the Free Software definition of the FSF. All
three were *meant* to describe the same licenses.

Personally I would probably say that it goes to show that the old
scientific principle to prefer the most compact definition still

But the real point is the question of privacy. 

The Free Software definition says that you have the freedom to pass
something along. But that (of course) also includes the freedom to not
pass it along if you don't want to.

In the process of avoiding the term "freedom" at all costs, the OSD
obviously created an insecurity in the definition that made this

It has always been suspected that the OSD created loopholes. Apple was
apparently the first to find one. Congratulations. :)


Georg Greve
FSF Europe, President

Georg C. F. Greve                                       <greve at gnu.org>
Free Software Foundation Europe	                 (http://fsfeurope.org)
Brave GNU World	                           (http://brave-gnu-world.org)
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