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Re: Distributing GPL software.

Alexander Terekhov wrote:
On 1/17/06, olive <olive.lin@versateladsl.be> 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.


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