[tex-live] pscyr fails the license test

Tigran Aivazian tigran at aivazian.fsnet.co.uk
Thu Oct 20 14:43:24 CEST 2005

Hi David,

On Thu, 20 Oct 2005, David Kastrup wrote:
> You did not get his point at all, not a single bit of it.  And because
> you utterly did not get his point, you fantasized some completely
> absurd point and then went on a lecturing tirade to dispell it again.
> If hackers like Stallman had not wasted his time in, for example,
> designing the GPL, or persuading MIT to release X11 under a free
> license, or Linus Torvalds had not wasted his time changing the
> license of Linux to GPL while this was still legally feasible, or the
> university of Berkeley had not wasted its time getting the copyright
> status of BSDlite cleared up and a number of other time wastes for
> ``"copyright" activities'', the combined work of ten thousands of
> hackers would have ended up along with that of by far most software
> from millions of programmers in the world: in closed drawers, in
> unmaintained and forgotten toys, in the waste bin.
> And yes, because maintainers of TeX Live worry about the copyright
> status, I can copy and distribute and sell TeX Live reasonably free of
> the fear that I will get a preliminary injunction delivered to my door
> that will cause me significant costs and stop any business I might
> have tried doing dead in its tracks.

Thank you, David, for a complete and accurate and clear explanation. Now I 
understand his (and your) point, thanks to your efforts; and agree with 
you, of course.

Kind regards

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