Im not sure to understand...

2008-02-12
2013-06-06
  • In The file Readme.TXT, it is writed:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    | it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    | the Free Software Foundation.
    |
    | This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    | but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    | MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
    | doc/GPL.license file for more details.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    And i agree it. But, at the end of the same file it is also writed:

    Stendhal(c) is copyright of Miguel Angel Blanch Lardin, 2005
    arianne_rpg at users dot sourceforge dot net

    So, I think that my post merit attention.

    Qwerty800

     
    • oslsachem
      oslsachem
      2008-02-12

      I guess you are questioning the compatibility of the GPL license with a copyright statement.

      And your concern is justified considering that the Free Software Foundation has expressed its criticism about the copyright system http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/why-free.html

      However, it so happens that a copyright holder is indeed required to enforce the GPL:

      Excerpt from http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/
      <<<
      To copyleft a program, we first state that it is copyrighted; then we add distribution terms, which are a legal instrument that gives everyone the rights to use, modify, and redistribute the program's code or any program derived from it but only if the distribution terms are unchanged. Thus, the code and the freedoms become legally inseparable.

      Proprietary software developers use copyright to take away the users' freedom; we use copyright to guarantee their freedom. That's why we reverse the name, changing ``copyright'' into ``copyleft.''
      >>>

      http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#WhoHasThePower

      http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#AssignCopyright

      http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/enforcing-gpl.html

      So, all that would be left to be said is:
      "Sideshow Bob: By the way, I'm aware of the irony of appearing on TV in order to decry it, so don't bother pointing that out." :)

       
    • Ok, thanks

       
    • Yep, it is not incompatible at all.

      I, as creator of Stendhal, owns the copyright over it, and I release my software as GNU GPL. In anyway I am resigning over my "ownership". I just make you free to use, copy, modify and read source code as the GNU GPL says.

      It is not like giving away stendhal, but being his permanent guardian to ensure it keeps free.

      These rights, btw, are also granted by any of the commiters, developers, map makers, documentation writers, gfx people that are or have been involved on the project, but as we are not a corporation, the copyright must be hold by a phisical person.

      Best regards,
      Miguel

       


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