Re: Distributing GPL software.
On 1/17/06, olive <email@example.com> wrote:
[... not accepting the GPL ...]
> So in this case you cannot make copies
You can download copies without accepting the GPL.
> (nor modifying) of the software anymore.
And adapt/modify computer programs and make additional copies
under 17 USC 117 from copies that you've downloaded without
accepting the GPL.
> I do not think you can agree to the GPL just for a
> limited number of copies of the software.
Sure you can. In addition, in general you can even accept
agreements and deliberately breach them. The contract laws
recognize a concept called "efficient breach" which encourages
breach of a contract if it's economically efficient to do so.
Compliance with a contract is almost always voluntary -- if
you choose not to comply, then you don't have to. You merely
have to compensate the non-breaching party for his expectancy