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Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL



On Wed, 1 Dec 1999, Seth David Schoen wrote:

> Depends on how that's accomplished.  If it's a license for the entire
> distribution as a whole, it should be possible.  That's what I was
> assuming: a EULA for the distribution.

In short, you can't do that.  You can't circumvent the provisions of the
GPL just by saying that your license applies to the distribution as a
whole, rather than any specific part.  Section 6 of the GPL overrides
that, by specifying that "you may not impose any further restrictions on
the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein."  Preventing them
from using or distributing the GPL software for any purpose, including
that which you deem morally bankrupt, is against the rules.

Section 6 also specifies that the recipient of a GPL program receives
their license for that program from the original licensor.  Unless that
entity is willing to go along with your desire to restrict the use of the
software, your restrictions would (again) be void.

You can call your restrictions simply restrictions on the distribution as
a whole, but the fact remains that they are also restrictions on the
further redistribution of the GPL-covered software, which is expressly
forbidden.  The only thing you could do would be to restrict the use of
the distribution as you have laid it out - for example the installer, by
making it non-GPL.  But the components that make up the system are
untouchable.


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