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Re: GPL and other licences


From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006 23:28:10 +0100

   In defending your position that combining GPL and some other
   software on my computer system was not allowed you cited some
   statements indicating that the GPL did not allow putting additional
   restrictions on users.

How can you draw a conclusion that I can pop by your place, and copy
stuff from your computer?  That is really beyond me.

Since you missed the whole argument, let me resummarise it: You cannot
violate the copyright license.

It doesn't matter if it is in your home, if you are the only person
who knows about it, or whatever.  To make an extrem example, if you
steal someones car, and nobody knows that you stole it, or that the
car actually vanished, then you are still liable for theft.  Same
here, if you violate the license at home, you are still liable for
copyright infrigment.

(if it is right or wrong to dictate this something completely
different, but obviously, it is wrong.  Sweden had a recent law
changed I think--I don't recall, so if someone from Sweden remebers,
please shout!--that disallows private backups of copyrighted material.
According to all these arguments, you should still be able to violate
the license for internal/private use.  Well, you can't, the law
dictates otherwise.)




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