[fc-uk-discuss] What is Art? [Long]
mjr at phonecoop.coop
Mon Nov 20 20:14:34 GMT 2006
Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:
> OK but don't tell Lessig. He says it's bad to remember the books you
> read in college. ;-)
Is Lessig and advocate for the out-of-your-skull approach to student
life? I generally can't remember whether I read them in college. (
But I have to look stuff up and do arithmetic to work out how long I
was there for.)
> Since Debian Legal only "tolerate" the GPL and had great difficulty
> working out that chmod isn't DRM I'm not sure this is a great problem. ;-)
It's "tolerated" in that it's a well understood free software licence
explicitly mentioned in the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
In other words: what the devil is being quoting here? It doesn't
sound like the debian-legal contributors I know.
Also, AIUI, it was we don't even know whether the most protectionist
countries will regard certain botched anti-DRM language as prohibiting
chmod; not that chmod was really DRM.
It is pretty depressing to see self-described free culture enthusiasts
piling into debian, one of the earliest strongly freedom-friendly
operating systems, in this half-cocked manner. Then the freedom
advocates in debian get flamed more because all this flaming has
ensured that there's a significant knee-jerk everything-in-main-type
vote any time anything to do with free software licensing arises.
> Debian, like CC, have confused their bureacratic interests with their
Debian is an operating system. Don't anthropomorphise it. It hates
> The DFSG or the existence of NC is not a good thing in
> itself. They are meant to be the reflections of principles, not abstract
> rules carved onto stone tablets that principles must be dropped to
> support. Sadly in both cases the stone tablet approach prevails.
Nonsense, at least on the Debian project's side. From the DFSG FAQ:
The DFSG is an attempt to articulate our criteria. But the
DFSG is not a contract. This means that if you think you've
found a loophole in the DFSG then you don't quite understand
how this works. The DFSG is a potentially imperfect attempt to
express what free software means to Debian. It is not
something whose letter we argue about. It is not a law.
Rather, it is a set of guidelines.
DFSG and Software License FAQ
(Needs some small updates. Another thing added to the TODO.)
Hope that corrects,
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