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Re: GPL and other licences


From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006 23:31:28 +0100

   > The license _does_ apply.  It is you who don't get it.  You are
   > saying that all companies that have illegal copies of Windows,
   > are not breaking the law, since they are `for internal use' and
   > no rules apply.

   No one is saying that.  Copying of windows software is illegal.  So
   regardless of whether the companies are distributing or not, the
   activity you describe would be copyright infringement.  You cannot
   make copies of Windows software for personal use.

Company A gives Bart a legal copy of Windows.  Since Bart now in
possession of this CD, AFAIK according to David, no rules apply to
him, so he can ignore the copyright license of Windows. Company A has
given explicit permission to Bart to do whatever he wants.

   However you can make internal use only copies of GPL software
   without exceeding the permissions given by the GPL.  It's really
   that simple.

Where does the GPL state that?  I can't see anything about `internal
use'.

Cheers.




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