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Re: Zope license

On Thu, 21 Jan 1999, Brian Ristuccia wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 21, 1999 at 03:07:00PM -0800, Bruce Perens wrote:

> > See the GPL language on this - something like "you haven't signed this
> > contract, but you have no other license to copy or use the software.".

> > IMO you can grant rights while restricting other rights that the user
> > would have had _without your grant_. They have the choice of accepting
> > your contract or not.

> No. The GPL does not place any restrictions on fair use of the material. It
> only grants extra rights provided you agree to follow some rules.

Yes. In the specific case of the GPL those rules happens to not include
something like "that you refrain from *running* program unless etc.etc.".
That is not an argument that the rules *cannot* include something like
that in another licence than the GPL.

Remember, what we're discussing here is whether a licence can forbid
the user of running the program in certain circumstances and uphold
that clause legally.

We're not discussing whether if the license could do it and still be a
(DFSG-)free license, which I think we all agree it probably couldn't.

> The GNU General Public License specifically reads: "Activities other than
> copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this License; they
> are outside its scope."

So which rule does this exception prove?

Henning Makholm

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