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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Lasse Reichstein Nielsen
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:29:50 +0100
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On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 09:51:32 +0100, Stefaan A Eeckels <> wrote:

I believe that in both cases, the person or entity wishing to accept the
GPL has to be in possession of a lawful copy.

As I read GPL section 5, you don't need to accept the license. It either
applies to you or it doesn't, and you either satisfy the requirements for
distributing or you don't. If both, you may legally distribute the work.

Hmm, that had me wondering. Except for section 6 ("Each time you redistribute
the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically
receives a license ..."), I would have read the GPL as a unilateral grant
of (conditional) rights that applies to everybody.
Section 6 seems to suggest that you have to receive the license personally.

Would the GPL be simpler without section 6, or is there something that
wouldn't work without it?

Lasse R. Nielsen -
 'Faith without judgement merely degrades the spirit divine'

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