Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Matthias-Christian Ott ott at
Fri Feb 8 22:22:15 UTC 2008

"Alfred M. Szmidt" <ams at> wrote:

>    > Generally speaking I share Richard Stallman's opinion, but I'm
>    > not sure whether Copyright was a good idea. But you can't alter
>    > the past and now it's time to abolish such laws, because they
>    > inhibit a more effective production by factitious stringency and
>    > therefore allow everyone to take part in cultural development.
>    If copyright is abolished, then there's no more GPL. What about
>    that?
> One should introduce a new law that respects the rights of all users
> instead.  Copyright does not do this without some hackery (e.g. the
> GPL).

Yes, that's a clever trick. I haven't thought about it, but it's really


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