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Re: Draft Summary: MPL is not DFSG free



On Wed, 23 Jun 2004 17:16:51 -0400  Lex Spoon wrote:

> First, the GPL states explicitly that you must "accept" the terms or
> that you do not get permission to do anything with the code.  Should
> we argue with a statement that the text says itself?

Wait, quoting from GPL#0:

| Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
| covered by this License; they are outside its scope.  The act of
| running the Program is not restricted

and from GPL#5:

|   5. You are not required to accept this License, since you have not
| signed it.  However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or
| distribute the Program or its derivative works.  These actions are
| prohibited by law if you do not accept this License.  Therefore, by
| modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based on the
| Program), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so, and
| all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying
| the Program or works based on it.

Only modification or distribution requires license acceptance: you can
run the Program without accepting the GPL.

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