Re: draft for new Vim license
Richard Stallman wrote:
> The GPL requires the freedom to be *allowed* to distribute the software
> to anyone. The company rules forbid the distribution of the changes to
> parties outside of the company. These two rules conflict.
> It is not really a conflict. These copies belong to the company and
> have never been distributed. The company can distribute the modified
> version if it wishes to, but the employees can't do so if the company
> doesn't want to.
OK, I now understand that the company can be considered to be one
licensee, thus passing copies around within the company is not
distributing. Thus GPL'ed software can be modified for use inside the
company. The only problem seems to be that companies don't always
understand this. I know I didn't (sorry for the confusion!).
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