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Re: GPL and other licences


From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 02:29:09 +0100

   Alfred, can you please try and maintain proper attributions and
   follow quoting conventions?

I'm already doing that.

   >    It depends on the license.  The GPL gives an explicity right for
   > this, some other licenses may not.  If I'm in the legal possession of
   > GPLed software, maybe because my employer gave me an CD to use and
   > install that specific program, then I'm also allowed to redistribute
   > it.
   > ^^
   > The _content_on_it_! not the acutual CD.

   You do not have the right to copy the CD, so how could gain access
   to the contents?

Because the employeer gave me explicit access to the CD.  See the
above sentence.

   It is only the owner of the CD who can accept the GPL and acquire
   the right to make copies and distribute those.

It is the person who has the GPLed software who can accept the
license, not the person who owns the CD.

For example, I do not own the disk drives on ftp.gnu.org.  According
to you, since I am not the owner of those disk drivers, I'm not
allowed to accept the license.  The FSF surely won't sell their
drivers so that I can get a version of Emacs; and I'm a bit tight on
cash to actually be bothered buying a CD from the FSF.

According to me, since I'm allowed (legally!) to read the content of
the disk, I'm able to acquire a license for the software.


Cheers.




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