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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 17:18:58 +0200

On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 13:32:10 +0000 (UTC) (Lee Hollaar) wrote:

> In article <> Stefaan A
> Eeckels <> writes:
> >1. Download x copies of a GPLed program, so that he has
> >   x copies subject to first sale,
> >2. Extract the desired files, or bits of files, from
> >   a copy, 
> >3. Combine the extracted files with other files to form
> >   a new program, which is an aggregation, and not a 
> >   derivative work,
> >4. Distribute the result x times without complying with
> >   the GPL.
> That's probably not permissible.

OK. That was what I tried to argue.

> But if you instruct the end user on how to do it, starting with
> lawfully acquiring a copy by downloading it, then it would be
> legal.

Indeed, no problem with that, as all the user would
be doing would be to make the program run on her machine,
and hence there would be no need to accept any license.

Thanks for clarifying the issue.

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