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

Sam Liddicott sam at
Sat Feb 9 07:27:49 UTC 2008

If there were no copyright there would be 1001 dodgy binaries foisted in ignorant users with no source. I like copyright + copyleft, it MAKES people play fair or not at all.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Finney <ben at>
Sent: 09 February 2008 01:53
To: discussion at
Subject: Re: Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation	(FSF)

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.

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Ben Finney <ben at>

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