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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 12:52:03PM -0700, Adam McKenna wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 02:53:40PM -0400, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> > 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.
> It *could* contain such a clause..  If it did, then it would be non-free for
> that reason.  If the redistributor was free to remove the click-wrap license,
> then as long as it met other requirements of DFSG, it could be considered
> free.

If the redistributor is free to distribute the software without click-
wrapping people, then it's not a click-wrap license.  If a copyright
holder wants people to have to explicitly agree to their terms to use
their software, then they have to either forbid redistribution or
require that redistribution also get explicitly agreement.

> I have seen software that has a click-thru GPL before.  I can't remember
> offhand what the software was, but Ive definitely seen it.

That's not a click-wrap license, it's just the GPL stuffed into a dialog
which falsely claims you have to explicitly agree to use the software,
and that if you don't click "yes", you're not allowed to use it.  That's
an entirely different case, since you can just repackage it without the
click-wrap and it goes away.

Glenn Maynard

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