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Re: Bug#317359: kde: ..3'rd "Help"->"About $KDE-app" tab calls the GPL "License Agreement", ie; a contract.

On Sat, Jul 09, 2005 at 01:50:27PM +0530, Mahesh T. Pai wrote:
> AFAIK, RMS  & FSF  are of view  that software  under the GPL  does not
> require an  `I agree' button. Do not  have a link ready  on hand right
> now.

That's what he means by "agreed to by conduct"; for example, if
the only means you have to redistribute a work is a contract, and
you redistribute it, your conduct is (may be, IANAL) indicating
agreement to the contract (even though you didn't sign anything or
click any buttons).

(It's not clear whether that applies here, since you don't need any
special license to simply use software, so using the software doesn't
seem to indicate agreement to anything; this is the point of Sean's
argument I'm trying to understand.)

I think there's wide agreement here that forced click-wrap licenses
are non-free, and very impractical.  I've seen installers in Windows
requiring an explicit agreement for the GPL; that's just confusion,
or maybe people dropping the GPL into a default "paste your license
here" installer template ...

Glenn Maynard

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