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Re: You can't get a copy unless you accept the GPL [was: Re: libkrb53 - odd license term]

Scripsit Raul Miller <moth@debian.org>
> On Wed, Jun 02, 2004 at 12:52:37PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > If you want to *download* the sofware, then you'd better do it by the
> > GPL's terms. "Downloading" implies that you are instructing some
> > computer to make create a copy of the Work on your hard drive.

> Except, the copy is being made on the server.

When I download something, the copy is being made on a hard disk that
sits in a box below my desk. Current is being modulated and passed
through a coil, which causes an area of the disk surface to be made
into a copy of the work.

But that is actually irrelevant. The relevant part is that no matter
where you consider the copy to be "made", *I* am the one who is
causing the computers (my own and the server) to make a copy at that
particular time and place.

When I knowingly cause machines to make a copy for me, I am doing the
exact thing that copyright regulates.

Henning Makholm          "Den nyttige hjemmedatamat er og forbliver en myte.
                    Generelt kan der ikke peges på databehandlingsopgaver af
                  en sådan størrelsesorden og af en karaktér, som berettiger
              forestillingerne om den nye hjemme- og husholdningsteknologi."

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