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Re: GPL scripts with a GPL-incompatible interpreter

Scripsit tb@becket.net (Thomas Bushnell, BSG)
> Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> writes:

> > However, if the steps are done by different parties, it will be
> > difficult to point to an individual party who is actually in
> > violation.

> What establishes "cahoots"?  Well, basically, anyone who did any of
> the steps (*any* of them, whether that step would be illegal in
> isolation or not) with the intention that it's part of the total
> process.  This is similar to conspiracy law, where taking an "overt
> act" to futher the conspiracy is illegal, even if that act isn't
> illegal in isolation.

I was alluding to a scenario where neither of the participants have
any "master plan" for an infringing outcome (and none of them control
each other). For example, the one who ports the program to the
proprietary language may do it out of honest desire to make some good
free software available in what he sees as an exciting new

Henning Makholm       "`Update' isn't a bad word; in the right setting it is
                 useful. In the wrong setting, though, it is destructive..."

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