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Re: [Matt Asay Tells The Truth] Stallman: GPL doesn't guarantee software


From: Hadron
Subject: Re: [Matt Asay Tells The Truth] Stallman: GPL doesn't guarantee software freedom
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:11:47 +0200
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David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

> Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> David Kastrup wrote:
>>
>> [... "the GPL is not a contract" ...]
>>
>> Both courts unequivocally said that the GPL is a contract.
>
> How comes you snip everything relevant from my reply before stomping
> your feet again?  As I already said: contract law applies since licenses
> are held to the same standard.  There are differences which I listed.
>
> You'll find that the courts did not rule on the side of "contract"
> rather than "license" where any of those particular differences was
> concerned.  Sloppy language does not set legal precedence as long as it
> does not make a difference regarding the _ruling_.


All immaterial of course since companies just steal the code, rearrange
it a bit and close source it. Sad but that's life.




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