[cc-community] Open Hardware Licence
rob at robmyers.org
Thu May 7 18:16:18 EDT 2009
Greg London wrote:
> Richard Stallman seems to be attached to "private derivatives"
> that are not subject to copyleft. Probably because his business
> model runs off of having everyone who works on his code assign
> rights to him, which he can then create derivatives of, and
> sell to someone under a non-copyleft license.
IIRC the CC licences don't place conditions on private modification
either, they cover public performance or distribution.
I think that private use is an important issue. It does deny society
some useful resources, but it does also protect private life and private
Free software is about the ability to freely use software *you* possess.
Disclosure is only necessary to support this freedom. So if I modify
some software but don't give it to you, your freedom to use the software
that you actually possess is not affected.
(And this does affect me personally - I'd dearly love to see the source
code for Harold Cohen's privately developed program AARON for example.)
> So, (1) I wouldn't hold my breath for FSF to come out with
> a "no private derivatives" license like APSL and (2) I would
> take any of FSF's advice on such a license with a grain of salt,
> because they're not going to like something that conflicts with
> their income.
To the best of my knowledge the FSF doesn't make any money customizing
(Disclosure - I'm the volunteer Chief GNU Webmaster and friends with an
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