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

Reinhard Mueller mueller at
Sat Feb 9 09:03:34 UTC 2008

Am Samstag, den 09.02.2008, 12:53 +1100 schrieb Ben Finney:
> 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.

I don't think so. Without copyright, everybody still had the chance to
hide the source and only publish the binaries. Everybody still had the
chance to write software that only works on specific hardware, to write
software that checks BIOS serial numbers, or whatever.

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