Subject: Re: Right to distribute modifications?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 12:07:47 -0500 (EST)

Bjorn Reese scripsit:

> The license grants rights to "use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
> distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies". According to my
> understanding this includes the right to distribute modifications,
> as you've got the right to both modify and distribute.

AFAIK the free software community has always understood the right
to distribute modifications to be implied by this license, but
of course (as usual) no court has spoken, and so nobody can say
for sure.  RMS is being cautious, that's all.

John Cowan     
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_
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