FDL again, was: My concerns about GPLv3 process

Ben Finney ben at benfinney.id.au
Sat Feb 11 23:50:32 UTC 2006

On 11-Feb-2006, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
>    > [...] the English language allows for writting non-functional
>    > pieces.  Can you explain why you need the right to modify my
>    > poem about dragons?
>    Because I find it useful as the basis of my own work.
> But you can base it on your own work.  It is called a reference.

That's not using it as a *basis for* my work. If I like that poem, I
may want to base my own poem on it, taking parts of it and combining
it seamlessly with my own work.

You seem to be arguing that a license denying me that freedom (placing
the poem in a part of the existing work that I can't modify and
redistribute) is still nevertheless a free license. That's a
disconnect I don't understand.

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Ben Finney <ben at benfinney.id.au>
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