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Re: Is this a free license?

Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS <edmundo@rano.org> writes:

> Thomas Bushnell, BSG <tb@becket.net>:
> > > Arguing from common sense here, consider the case of someone who knows
> > > C but doesn't know English. It would seem very unfair for them to be
> > > punished merely for downloading the tar ball, editing the code,
> > > compiling it and running it.
> > 
> > If that's true, then we might as well go home, the GPL is then
> > unenforceable.
> What? How?

Because ftp.gnu.org doesn't require you to read the license either,
but does hold you to its restrictions.

> > But actually, the law says that if they have no information, then they
> > should assume that they have *no* right to download the tarball.
> Would you apply the same argument to the file /index.html on a public
> web server?

Nope.  The details all matter.  The human-level "what is being done"
matters; the specific technical means are much less important.

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