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

Ben Finney ben at
Sat Feb 9 01:53:26 UTC 2008

On 08-Feb-2008, Carsten Agger wrote:
> If copyright is abolished, then there's no more GPL. What about 
> that?

That's fine. The GPL uses the term "copyleft" deliberately: its goal 
is to *give back* to recipients of works what copyright takes away.

In other words, if copyright truly did not exist, and everyone had the 
same freedoms (and more) in every work, not just those that have such 
freedoms explicitly granted by the GPL, then there would no longer 
need to be a GPL.

That would be a good day.

 \            "I was in the grocery store. I saw a sign that said 'pet |
  `\      supplies'. So I did. Then I went outside and saw a sign that |
_o__)                          said 'compact cars'."  -- Steven Wright |
Ben Finney <ben at>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 197 bytes
Desc: Digital signature
URL: <>

More information about the Discussion mailing list