FDL again, was: My concerns about GPLv3 process

Alfred M. Szmidt ams at gnu.org
Sun Feb 12 12:54:17 UTC 2006

   >    > [...] 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.

Maybe we are from two different worlds, this is what is usually a
basis for scientific articles.  Where you never copy the actual
material at hand unless you quote it properly, and only reference it.

   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.

But that freedom isn't being denied...

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