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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Chris Jefferson
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 10:08:16 +0100
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Tim Smith wrote:
On 2004-06-14, Chris Jefferson <> wrote:

Now, we realise that evil people could always just ignore the GPL, that
isn't a fault of the GPL. But are these two things possible?

They can also ignore any non-GPL license, such as what your friends want to
use.  Your first two questions basically have no bearing on choice of

No, my question is, can people do these things and remain legally within the GPL? I now get the impression they cannot. Even if they distribute source, they must make it clear they are distributing an altered copy of the program even within the binary, and cannot make small changes like removing copyright notices from the binary and redistribute
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