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

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 08:39:35AM -0500, Christofer C. Bell wrote:
> Glenn, you said that "click-wrap" licenses are impractical and Marco
> agreed with you.  You said nothing about the license contents.

Chris, a click-wrap license allowing redistribution would contain a clause
requiring that distributors put recipients through a click-wrap as well.
That *is* license contents; it's a specific and onerous restriction on
redistribution.  That would not only require that "apt-get install" display
and confirm licenses, but also "apt-get source", and would probably prohibit
anonymous CVS and source tarballs on anonymous FTP entirely.  If click-wrap
is desired, then the copyright holder wants explicit (not implicit, "by
conduct") agreement, and click-wrap would be required by the license at
every place the software is distributed.

> I'm unclear how on the one hand you can say they are impractical
> (click-wrap licenses) and then call absurd someone's agreement with
> that contention.  Can you please clarify this disconnect?

It's absurd to say that a license is impractical, and to cliam in the
same breath that the license is free.

Glenn Maynard

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