September 10, 2001

Fair Use and the Fallacy of GNU

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "Contrary to popular belief, Richard Stallman is actually one of the world's biggest advocates of copyright laws. Without copyright laws to enforce the GNU General Public License (GPL) or any other license for that matter, all open source code would be in the public domain, free for the taking. Section Five of the GNU GPL says, "You are not required to accept this License ... However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works." Well, not quite, Rich."


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