[A2k] Open letter

Bernard Lang Bernard.Lang at datcha.net
Wed Feb 16 17:13:16 PST 2011

Dear Silke,

What is this open letter you are talking about.  I do not find it in
earlier post.  Maybe I did not read the relevant one.



* Silke Helfrich <Silke.Helfrich at gmx.de>, le 15-02-11, a écrit:
> Dear Richard, 
> we take this into account for the next initiave, but the letter as
> proposed was actually shared with the communication networks last week
> in Dakar, therefor we stick to that version. (We will now publish it
> with the signatures of those who signed it and circulate it for
> distribution and further signatures)
> The letter is written in a way, that those how receive it and media can
> clearly understand what it is all about.  
> Very best
> Silke
> On Wed, 2011-02-09 at 11:15 -0500, Richard Stallman wrote:
> > The FSF mostly agrees with the views expressed in the letter, but
> > cannot sign it, because of its use of the term "intellectual property"
> > as if that referred to something coherent.  The letter goes so far as
> > to treat "intellectual property" as a kind of substance.
> > 
> > It is a mistake to generalize about copyright law and patent law.  It
> > is a worse mistake to generalize about a dozen totally different laws.
> > 
> > The reference to an attempt to "balance" the system for handling this
> > fictitious substance is also an obstacle.  Even in regard to copyright
> > alone, "balance" as usually interpreted is the wrong goal.  (See
> > http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/misinterpreting-copyright.html.  That
> > article's argument based on the US Constitution would carry no weight
> > for Brazil, but I think its conclusion is valid anyway.)
> > 
> > The use of the word "protect" to describe what copyright does is also
> > unfortunate.  That alone would not be a reason to reject the letter,
> > but it's so easy to avoid -- why not avoid it?
> > 
> > I suppose it is too late now to change the wording of this letter.
> > However, you may in the future write other texts that you'd like the
> > FSF to support.  These same issues are likely to arise each time,
> > so you may as well know about them in advance.
> > 
> > The FSF is limited to the issue of free software and its sub-issues.
> > Some issues about the sharing of other kinds of works don't raise the
> > issue of free software, so the FSF would have to stay out of them.
> > However, this letter's issue does affect free software concerns, which
> > would have given the FSF a basis to support it ... if only the text
> > had been written differently.
> > 
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