[cc-community] Use cases for cc by-sa compatibility with GPL
rob at robmyers.org
Sun Jan 22 08:21:06 EST 2012
On 22/01/12 00:33, Ben Finney wrote:
> drew Roberts <zotz at 100jamz.com> writes:
>> what if I, a sculptor, took a block of wood down to the local park
>> where you, another sculptor, had just installed your latest sculpted
>> stone masterpiece with the little brass plaque with your BY-SA license
>> details. So there I am in the park with my block of wood and I copy
>> your stone sculpture using my block of wood.
> What is it that you have copied? The stone? No. You have copied the
> creative work (and, by the nature of carving a sculture, made a modified
> copy or “derived work”).
>> I would say it is clear that your stone sculpture is the source of my
>> wooden one.
> I would not say that. You seem to mean “your stone sculpture is the
> inspiration for my wooden one”. That's not what the GPL means by
Yes the "source of inspiration" for an artwork is not similar to the
"source code" for a binary executable. Rather the "score" for a work is.
Where there is not a score, and particularly for "autographic" unique
original physical works, the work is its own source. Like for shell scripts.
> Rather, the question the GPL raises about a work is: what is the
> “preferred form of the work for making modifications to it”. For a
> carved sculpture, it's clear to me that the sculpture itself is the
> preferred form for making modifications, and that would thereby be the
> source form of the work.
Yes. And since we distribute and modify copies, this means that being
able to copy the original is sufficient. It is its own source and
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