Subject: Re: Cygnus
From: DJ Delorie <dj@delorie.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 15:04:42 -0400


> If the purchase price was $20M, and therefore the buyer treated the
> code as the corporate crown jewels with essentially zero chance they
> would redistribute it, would it still be libre software?  Or would the
> right to redistribute have essentially been removed by incentives?

No, the *right* to redistribute still exists, even if the *desire* to
redistribute does not.  The buyer also still has the right to modify
and use the software as desired.

The "freedom" aspect of free software is a characteristic of the
relationship between distributor and recipient, and the rights,
responsibilities, and restrictions conveyed between them.  What
happens after the transaction is complete[1] is irrelevent.

DJ

[1] providing such actions do not preclude the exercise of, or negate,
    the transfer of rights, responsibilities, and restrictions, of
    course.