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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Isaac
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 05:01:48 -0600
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On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 08:17:17 +0100, Stefaan A Eeckels <> wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 22:14:27 -0600
> Isaac <> wrote:
>> 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. For
>> > example, if you steal a CD with GPLed software from me, you are not
>> > in a position to claim that you are entitled to redistribute this
>> > software under the GPL, as I
>> While I agree with your result, your result does not require that you
>> can only become a licensee by possessing a lawful copy.  Even if the
>> the copyright holder were to provide you a written license allowying
>> you to copy his software at any time, you would still not have the
>> right to come into my house unbidden to copy from my hard drive.
> Surely we're discussing how many angles can dance on a pinhead. Can you
> please give another way to become a licensee of a GPLed work than by
> a) getting a license from the author without first getting a lawful copy
> b) accepting the GPL through copying and/or preparing a derivative work.

Item a sounds good to me as a method other than receiveing a copy.  As I 
suggested, I'm basically quibbling with your logic rather than your result.


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