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 12:14:29PM -0700, Sean Kellogg wrote:
> Well, like I said... I can't fault your logic. The GPL's use provisions, or
> more accurately its express disclaimer there of, do not require consent.
> BUT, everyone has to consent to the GPL when you download a copy of it. By
> that conduct they are agreeing to the GPL and right along with it, they agree
> to the warranty disclaimer provisions.
The distributor needs permission to redistribute. Every free license I've
seen is phrased as "permission to distribute", not "permission to be
distributed to". So, how does downloading the work indicate consent of
anything? Why do I, as the recipient, not distributing anything, need a
license to receive the work, when the redistributor already has permission
to send it?
Are you claiming that downloading software is an act of distribution
on the part of the downloader, rather than the uploader? If so, that's
a new one to me, and I'd be interested in hearing supporting arguments.
(That would make the word "distributor" very confusing.)