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Re: [Mandrakeot] ESR gives up on Fedora

On Fri, 2007-02-23 at 21:34 +0100, Patrice Dumas wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 03:22:45PM -0500, Alan Cox wrote:
> > 
> > > Because that also means that I control what is done with my code.  You 
> > > make it sound like all ideas should be in the public domain.
> > 
> > That is the natural order of things. "Information wants to be free" is pretty
> > sound economics. Copyright and friends exist[ed] to motivate people to 
> > behave in a way that benefitted society.
> It's completely off-topic, but still...
> I am not completely sure about that (at least for art). In France, there 
> is a kind of property right which tie a piece of work to the author in a 
> very specific way. It cannot be abandonned or transfered (although
> strangely it is possible to fake the author). It is called le 'droit
> moral'. It covers the right to divulgate to public or not, right to be
> recognized as the author, right to enforce respect on the piece of art
> and the right to remove the piece of art from the commercial circuit. 
> The jurisprudence may limit in fact that right.

And yet, amazingly, it is all just a convention between people,
information itself is abstract and you can't physically own it no matter
how hard you try.

Law may declare the world is flat, that doesn't change the physical
nature of the world, it may decree the end of your life if you dissent
though ...


Simo Sorce <ssorce redhat com>
Sr Software Engineer
Base Operating Systems
Red Hat Inc.

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