Re: EULA with GPL??
On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 11:01:52PM -0800, Terry Hancock wrote:
> Does section 6 guarantee that the usage right is kept, or is it somehow
> guaranteed in law, or is there another section which addresses this (I've
> looked of course, but didn't see anything that seems to do it).
Hmm. Thinking about this, I have a question of my own:
The GPL doesn't remove my right to sign a contract promising not to do
something, and I believe this is a commonplace and legitimate--if
annoying--practice that the GPL supports: companies can have employees
sign NDAs, preventing them from distributing programs used internally.
However, this doesn't seem too different from making me sign a contract
agreeing not to request source when receiving a GPL program. I understand
that this *isn't* valid. I'm not sure how that differs from promising
not to distribute the program; they're both restricting me. Why is the
former legitimate and the latter not? (Or am I more confused than I
(I don't know if this extends to EULAs, though. They're on shaky ground
to begin with.)