Re: Are GPLed .gifs legal at all ???
On Thu, Jul 13, 2000 at 05:30:00AM +0200, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> This plainly states that if recipient can't modify .gif in every
> way he/she want, you can't distribute GPLed file to him/her.
Can you modify gcc to RSA encrypt all its output and distribute it? No,
not legally in the US. So it's obvious that that can't be a requirement.
Some tools to edit gif's are illegal in the United States. Some ways of
using tools to edit textfiles are illegal, too (think libel.) No difference.
If this were a valid point, you couldn't distribute a GPL program that only
compiles with a non-free compiler, like early versions of emacs. It's obvious
that RMS disagreed, as he distributed early versions of emacs.
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