[cc-community] [cc-licenses] Most important feature: GPL-compatibility
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Thu Jan 26 20:00:21 EST 2012
On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:08 AM, drew Roberts <zotz at 100jamz.com> wrote:
> I will try one more time.
> Lets consider a photocopy of a hand written poem?
> And then a photocopy of that copy and so on.
> In each case only one copy is made.
> The original poem on paper is clearly marked BY-SA.
> What is the source for these pieces of paper?
The pieces of paper are not copyrighted. The poem is. I suppose the
image is, also. But not the pieces paper.
> We are going to have increasing
> degradation. It seems obvious that each person getting a copy would prefer
> the instance that his copy was made from to the copy received.
The source of the poem would be the poem. Presumably the intent of
the GPL is that you distribute a *machine readable* copy of that poem,
whenever you convey it. Though I concede that the actual letter of
the GPL doesn't state that.
Interestingly, I don't think it makes a difference whether you
initially wrote the poem on a computer, or if you initially wrote it
If I distribute a copy of PGP Source Code and Internals, and if it
were licensed under GPL, would I have to include a machine readable
copy? From a strict by the letter of the GPL reading, I'd say no.
> Another question is who gets the call as to what is the preferred format for
> working with the distributed work? Is it always what the person getting the
> licensed work had to work with?
That's the tricky part when it comes to situations where the preferred
version is not obvious. Mostly these are non-code situations, but
there are also some grey-area situations dealing with code (one that
comes to mind is computer generated code).
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