Re: Distributing GPL software.
On Mon, 16 Jan 2006, olive wrote:
> > I think his point is this: Person A can legally make and distribute a lot of
> > copies to B without putting B under any obligation, as long as B doesn't
> > make more copies himself. B, who now has a lot of copies, can dispose of them
> > as he wishes by first sale, without having to obey the GPL.
> This is probably right. B will not break the law. However; the GPL give
> you permission to distribute the software only if you agree to it. If
> you don't agree to it you loose your permission and only the normal
> copyright law apply. So if B do that he loose forever the possibility
> of duplicating, redistributing the sofware that he have himself
> downloaded and modyfing the software since the GPL does not apply to him
> anymore. I don't think this is a price that is worth paying...
But couldn't B say he accepts the license for some copies, but not for others?
For the copies that A gave him, he can reject the license and distribute
them by copyright law (first sale). For anything that he wants to copy or
modify himself, he has to accept the GPL, but he can accept the GPL for just
those particular items.