[cc-licenses] Source Requirements
frx at firenze.linux.it
Sun Dec 3 11:30:23 EST 2006
On Sat, 2 Dec 2006 15:10:00 -0500 Benj. Mako Hill wrote:
> I think it's always
> important and frequently very easy to include a source requirement for
> In fact, I have used the GPL for many non-software works; nobody
> confuses a PDF or a printed copy of a book with the "preferred form
> for modification." When I, as the author, want to make a change to a
> work, I pick up one copy and not the other. It's not hard for me to
> make that distinction in most cases and it wouldn't be hard for a
> judge to either.
> In practice, there are very troubling corner cases that open space for
> disagreement. There are some in software too (look at the discussion
> around the nv driver now). However, there is a larger number of works
> for which we don't require source through CC licenses where doing so
> would be both useful and easy.
100 % agreement (assuming you mean "program code", when you say
Just to explain further, for any piece of information that can be
processed by computer systems, there can be more than one form and
all of them are modifiable. The GNU GPL defines "source code" as the
preferred form for modifications. Quoting from the GNU GPL v2:
| The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
| making modifications to it.
Among the possible forms of a work, there always is one that is
preferred for making modifications to the work.
 I instead use the term "software" in a broader sense
 which is, more or less, what I call "software", BTW
 if you have a file, you can modify it, even if it's a binary
executable (maybe you need to go through difficult steps with a hex
editor, but it's still possible!)
 or, at least, one non-empty set of equivalently preferred forms
But it is also tradition that times *must* and always
do change, my friend. -- from _Coming to America_
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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