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

On Sun, Jun 06, 2004 at 11:08:50AM +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Jun 2004 23:25:18 -0700 Adam McKenna wrote:
> > 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.
> I don't think so: you are not granted any right by a license, unless you
> accept the license itself.
> Hence, I don't see how could the GPL grant any right to make copies to
> someone who is not willing to accept the GPL itself.

Please read the GPL, specifically sections 5 and 6.  You only have to accept 
the license if you wish to modify or distribute the work.

I'm not going to participate in any more semantic arguments or legal 101 on
what the definitions of the words 'distribute' or 'copy' are.  If you are 
confused about copyrights in general, please go to 
http://www.loc.gov/copyright and read the text entitled "copyright basics".


Adam McKenna  <adam@debian.org>  <adam@flounder.net>

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