Re: Distributing GPL software.
Alexander Terekhov wrote:
On 1/17/06, olive <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
In particular read section 4 of the GPL.
It says "You are not required to accept this License, since you
have not signed it." And I agree that you are not require to accept
this License (noting that signing a license agreement is not the
only way to accept a license agreement). But the rest of this
sections is nothing but fraudulent misstatements of the copyright
act (regarding rights of owners of computer program copies lawfully
made) and the contract laws governing breach of contractual
It seems indeed that redistributing lawfally obtained copies of software
is not prohibited by copyright law (as long as you do not copy the
software yourself) but is restricted by the GPL (you have to give the
source; this indeed contradict the rest of this section). However it
seems clear to me that if you do not agree to the GPL, then the GPL
definitively does not apply to you at least for the software in
question. So in this case you cannot make copies (nor modifying) of the
software anymore. I do not think you can agree to the GPL just for a
limited number of copies of the software.