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Wednesday, June 15, 2005
  Copyleft

Greetings beautiful readers. Once more I am feeling fine and oomphy (thanks for the gift [you know who you are]). I am once more here with one of those tid-bits of "insight".

The idea that I would like to introduce to you is something called Copyleft.

No I'm not being funny it's a diametric opposite to the idea of copyright. Plus it's a great play on words.

With copyleft the idea is you pass the right to use the copylefted item on to the person that obtains the item (unlike with, say, copyright music where it would be illegal to copy it).

Much of the idea started in the hacking and coding arena where coders found that they'd like to share their work without having it become part of some proprietary software package. So the copyleft condition is you must pass the same freedom on to anyone else you share the copylefted item with, or a derivative thereof.

One of the things to look for is the GNU foundations GPL (General Public License) which is considered the original copyleft code.

 
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