Re: You can't get a copy unless you accept the GPL [was: Re: libkrb53 - odd license term]
On Fri, Jun 04, 2004 at 01:09:00PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> I'll have to retract my assertation that one has to accept the GPL
> before downloading a work covered by it. In most jurisdictions that I
> know of, people by default have the right to create copies of most
> copyrighted works for their own personal use, even without permission
> from the copyright holder. This is what gets the downloader and the
> button-pusher off the hook, rather than a fiction that they are not
> really creating copies.
Your semantic arguments are missing the point; the reason you can copy a file
which has been released under the GPL without accepting the GPL is because
you are explicitly granted that right by the GPL.