Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at 1407.org
Tue Jul 22 22:47:30 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 05:42:58PM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> The terms of a license have nothing to do with copyright law.  You can  
> agree to anything in a license as long as it isn't actually illegal.  An  
> exclusion of copyright rules is simply what you get in return.

With the GNU GPL you don't have to agree with anything. It is an
unilateral grant of rights as long as you fulfill some obligations when
you distribute pristine, modified or derived copies.

If you don't abide with those obligations, you don't have the permission
to distribute pristine, modified or derived copies because copyright
restricts it so.

> Even though they can't exactly force you to apply their terms to other  
> people's work, it is as close as you can get.  They withhold your  
> freedom to redistribute until you have agreed to their terms - and in  
> the GPL case these must apply to all other combined work.

Yes they can. Very simply it's the quid-pro-quod required of you in
order for you to distribute pristine, modified or derived copies.



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