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Re: Distributing GPL software.

On 1/17/06, olive <olive.lin@versateladsl.be> 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



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