Re: webmin license
On Mon, Dec 13, 1999 at 02:37:00PM +0100, Marc van Leeuwen wrote:
> a) REMIND may not be used under Microsoft Windows (3.0, 3.1, 95
> or NT) or any future version of Windows. Such use constitutes
> a violation of copyright.
> b) REMIND may not be used by Cadabra Design Libraries Inc. or its
> directors, nor by any of Cadabra's subsidiaries or their directors.
> Such use constitutes a violation of copyright.
> c) Except for situations (a) and (b), REMIND may be used and
> distributed according to the terms of the GNU General Public
> License, Version 2, which follows: [...]
> However, I recall reading in a message last week that a copyright licence
> cannot restrict the use of the copyrighted material, only the circumstances
> under which it may be copied. Indeed, I would find it strange if somebody
> added a clause like "this software may only be used in the production of
> weapons if those weapons are to be targetted against <my favorite enemy>",
> and can hardly imagine that such a clause would be legally binding in any way.
> So isn't the remind copyright legally void?
> (So maybe the copyright might have restricted copying to machines running M$
> software, which would then create interesting problems like: what about
> copying on a PC running GNU/Linux, but to a VFAT partition, then rebooting...)
What about non-commercial usage only ?
Are such licences valid ?