FDL again, was: My concerns about GPLv3 process

Frank Heckenbach frank at g-n-u.de
Sun Feb 26 01:59:41 UTC 2006

Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:

>    Alessandro and I described scenarios with outcomes that follow from
>    what the FDL clauses allow (1) and those outcomes we consider
>    harmful (2).
>    (1) was derived by logical conclusion. Your only refutation to them
>    that I can see, that the FSF could *require* copyright assignments
>    (rather than ask for them), has been disproven.
> The FSF _requires_ copyright assignments for works to be incoperated
> into a GNU project (not all, but most).  If it cannot get a copyright
> assignment for a change, the change isn't incoperated.

Never mind that Alessandro's and my examples specifically involved
the change *not* being incorporated into the original project. Just
keep repeating your phrases without looking at the context.

> [...]
>    Let's say I write a shoot-em-up game, where you're shooting aliens
>    (similar to, say, Doom). I release that under GPL.
>    Now, someone else comes along and changes the game (which they're
>    perfectly entitled to do under GPL, obviously). Instead of shooting
>    at aliens, you're now shooting Shia Muslims, as an example.
> They had to add new material to do this, i.e. change the pictures of
> the monsters into Shia Muslims.  So it isn't as simple as
> `modification'.

OK, so changing is not modification, I see. Please go on ...


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