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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Graham Murray
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006 09:17:39 +0000
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Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <> writes:

> The thing is that the copyright licenses of software like Microsoft
> explicitly say you have to have one license per computer. Now... if they
> were only stating copyright law, would they have to do that?

No. Because copyright law would not allow the creation of the
additional copies beyond the one installed on the hard disk of the
first computer on which it is installed. It just emphasises the

I suspect that these clauses are a hangup from the days when software
both came on a ran from floppy disk. 

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