Re: Software Mestizo Manifesto

From: Peter Samuelson (
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 06:06:33 EST

  [Roberto Diaz]
> > I am trying to make a manifesto in order to attach it to all my
> > gpl'd developments..

[Rik van Riel]
> Quoted from the GPL:
> -------
> 6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the
> Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the
> original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to
> Your "ethical" statement is incompatible with the GPL.

Quoted from the GPL:
  0. [...] Activities other than copying, distribution and modification
are not covered by this License; they are outside its scope.

Roberto's statement is about *use*, not *distribution*, so it is
orthogonal to the GPL.

It *does*, however, violate the DFSG, at least in spirit (since it is
only a suggestion). For what it's worth, the DFSG is my standard for
whether a particular project is worth my time to contribute code to.

Also, Roberto -- it is rather presumptuous to assume that all of your
(potentially) thousands of contributors from around the world happen to
agree about that "fraternity of mankind" or whatever that was. Call me
a misanthrope, but I'm not sure *I* agree with that one.

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