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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Eben Moglen predicts broad embrace of GPL


From: rjack
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Eben Moglen predicts broad embrace of GPL 3
Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 14:49:31 -0500
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David Kastrup wrote:
rjack <address@hidden> writes:

John Hasler wrote:
David Kastrup writes:
An "illegal document"?  Well, I've heard quite a few weird attacks on the
GPL, but this is the first time I see someone suspecting it to be
pornography or similar.
Well, the doofuses at SCO claimed GPLv2 was "unconstitutional".  The phrase
"illegal document" doesn't make a whole lot of sense, though, at least
under US law.
A document (instrument) is illegal if it is used for some some purpose
contrary to established law.


For example a document to consummate a violation of law:

1. illegal immigration documents
2. counterfit bonds or false ID's
3. contract to perpetrate or induce a tort (GPL3)

Those are _invalid_ (let us just disregard the nonsensical
parenthetical remark on point 3).  The possession or creation or
dissemination or employment for a particular purpose of such documents
may be illegal.

The documents themselves don't break laws.  People do.

Oh vey, the pain, the pain of it all!


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