Brasilian state aproves "opensource" law

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Fri Dec 6 15:59:20 UTC 2002

On Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 06:33:51PM +0000, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> I _really_ hope Article 1 was changed, for it seems to forbid most free
> software, along with all proprietary software:
> It roughly translates like this:
> Article 1
> § 1º - An open program is that which has a an intellectual or industrial
> property license that does not restrict in any form copying,
> distributing, usage or altering its original characteristics, assuring
> the user unrestricted, and without extra costs, access to its source
> code, permitting partial or total modification of the program for its
> perfection or adaptation.
> [1]
> [2]

On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 03:20:35PM +0000, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> It is my interpretation that that law forbids most free software just as
> well as non-free software.

> The way I read it, it explicitly rejects software that has any
> restriction in redistribution.

Maybe you can contact people in Brasila on this subject and 
point out to them that the Free Software Definition of the FSF
using four freedoms is a widely accepted and clear definition
with a long history?

Point out to them that the most succession Free Software license
the GNU GPL needs to restrict the right of the user to restrict
fellow users when redistributing the software.

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <>

More information about the Discussion mailing list