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

On Sun, Jul 10, 2005 at 05:51:17PM -0700, Sean Kellogg wrote:
> Glenn, don't you think he's talking about technologically impractical.  We all 
> know how easy it is to circumvent click wrap licenses.  But you HAVE to agree 
> to the GPL to download the software, click wrap or not, so its not really 
> impractical from a freedom sense.

Technically impractical *is* non-free.  Marco believes, as far as I
understand (from past messages), that a license requiring technically
mpractical things as conditions for basic freedoms is free.  A "you must
send 250 redundant copies of the source along with binaries, to make
sure that the recipient gets at least one intact" is technically
impractical; a Linux distribution with two discs of source would have to
ship five hundred.  I hope such a restriction is clearly non-free.

(I find it mind-boggling that anyone would even suggest that requiring a
click-wrap is free, and I'm close to throwing my hands in the air in
frustration and doing something less maddening for a while, since I feel
that suggesting that a "you must be eaten by a lion to be allowed to
distribute this software" license is non-free would meet disagreement.)

Glenn Maynard

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