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Re: software licensing

I wrote:
> If I issue him a copy of gcc and tell him to compile programs with it and
> instead he makes copies to give his friends I can fire him for that. It's
> my copy and he misused it.

Raul Miller writes:
> No, you never had that right.

> The person who gave it to you distributed it under terms where anyone
> could copy it.  Those don't go away just because you're not a
> distributor.

The GPL requires that *if* I make and distribute copies I must grant to the
recipients the same rights I received.  It does not in any way require that
I make and distribute copies or permit them to be made and distributed.
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