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

Alex Hudson home at
Mon Feb 11 08:53:11 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-11 at 09:42 +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> The freedom of the author is not harmed when recipient A redistributes
> a work to recipient B. Therefore the freedoms of recipients A and B to
> engage in such a transaction should not be impinged by the author.
> Conversely, if the powers of the author extend such that she can
> artificially restrict a transaction between A and B, that's an
> unacceptable limitation on their freedom.

But surely the whole problem in this field is that the two freedoms are
not independent, and the issue is where you place the balance between
the two?

For example, the freedom to earn a living / ability to control one's
labour - RMS suggested that only non-commercial transactions should be
exempt; where do you place that balance? 



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