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Re: ibm jdk licence

On Tue, Jan 11, 2000 at 09:55:31PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Robert Varga <robi@piros.zold.net> quotes a stupid license:
> > "You may only use the Program Code if you are a current licensee of RedHat
> > 6.0 Linux or Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 operating system.
> Is there even such a thing as "a licensee of RedHat 6.0"?

WordNet 1.6 defines licensee as follows: 

       n : someone to who a license is granted 

In the case of a work released under a public license, the entire public is
granted a license, so everyone is a licensee. I'm not quite sure how this
applies to what they refer to as "RedHat 6.0 Linux," however. Since "RedHat
6.0 Linux" doesn't exist, I immagine we'll have a hard time finding out.

> > I would like to know whether there is a legally acceptable way to install
> > IBM JDK or IBM JRE on a Debian GNU/Linux system,
> Apparently not - except getting an explicit permission from IBM.

Let's assume for a moment that "Redhat 6.0 Linux" does in fact exist, and is
available under a public license. Anyone who wants to install the IBM JDK or
IBM JRE and is also a member of the public will be a licensee of "Redhat 6.0
Linux," since "Redhat 6.0 Linux" is licensed to the public as a whole.
Therefore, anyone can use the JRK or JRE and satisy the JDK and JRE license
requirements at the same time.

Brian Ristuccia

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