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Re: What's the status of sourceless live linux distros?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: What's the status of sourceless live linux distros?
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2004 18:12:49 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> The GPL gives you licence to distribute ...
>                               ^
>                               |
> "copy and" -------------------+
> It's not a contract, stupid.

Who ever claimed it was?  You should try to avoid abuse when weaseling
in such an obvious manner.  It makes you look even more clueless.

The GPL is a licence.  It permits things under conditions.  You are
free to ignore the licence, in which case you don't get the
permissions it grants.

> I don't need a "license to distribute."

Yes, you do.  First sale gives you the right to hand on a legally
acquired copy.  It does not give you the right to make copies yourself
and distribute them.  It is the GPL which grants you that right, but
of course only if you accept the conditions.

> 17 USC 109, is good enough, so to say.

No.  It is only good for passing a copy, not for making copies

>> You can either accept them, or refuse them.  You can't have both.

Where is that relevant?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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