Raven Matrix: Michael Stutz (Interview)
Jul 29, 2002, 07:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"RAVEN: You're the architect of the Design
Science License (DSL), which is a generalized 'copyleft' license
designed to fit any work. Copyright law gives certain exclusive
rights to the author of a work, including the rights to copy,
modify and distribute the work (the 'reproductive,' 'adaptative,'
and 'distribution' rights). The idea of "copyleft" is to willfully
revoke the exclusivity of those rights under certain terms and
conditions, so that anyone can copy and distribute the work or
properly attributed derivative works, while all copies remain under
the same terms and conditions as the original.
"What gave you the idea to develop this license? and how
successful has it been?
"Michael Stutz: Some years ago I began to see
how copyright law was well out of date--it had not kept up with the
discoveries of modern science. Copyright law was still written in
the pre-1945 world where the representation of a 'work' was only a
physical object, where it was always set in some tangible form. It
had no conception of the 'work' as it could exist on a digital
computer, and could be copied exactly, and even modified, without
any change at all to the original. That humans would communicate by
copying and modifying those forms had not been considered at all.
All the old restrictions applied, but the world was