Documentation vs. Software (Re: Savannah rejects a project because it uses GPL)

Alessandro Rubini rubini at
Wed Feb 22 22:12:46 UTC 2006

I'm sorry to contradict you, but this is completely wrong:

> There is no law in the world that will protect you from slander if you
> explicitly allow for the right to modify a work.  You cannot sue a
> person for using a free software program in a manner that you consider
> bad since you explicitly gave this right.  Same applies if you give
> the explict right to modify a text in anyway or form.

Copyright law (and licenses) are concerned with copying. They don't
make void other laws.  Who sells knives doesn't limit your use,
but cutting throats is illegal nonetheless.

This is true for misrepresenting other people's ideas as well,
especially in "droit d'auteur" places, but not only there.

You already replied "plain wrong" to this reasoning. I think I won't
convince you, but I suggest anyone going that path to talk to a lawyer


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