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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 17:48:26 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> I've downloaded it 10 times. I now have 10
> copyN-readline-4.3.tar.gz
> How many copies of GNU readline do I own without agreeing to the GPL?

That depends on what you mean by "own".  You may install and use all
ten copies, but you may not modify and/or distribute any copy without
agreeing to the GPL.  Note that the first sale doctrine doesn't apply,
since none of the copies was sold to you.


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