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Re: GPL and inhouse use?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL and inhouse use?
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 17:12:42 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Merijn de Weerd wrote:
> [... modify any gpl'd code ...]
>> was just saying that that should change: also in-house code
>> should be shared, once it's out of testing.
> That would be at odds with copyright law (which the GPL blatantly
> misstates by saying that "nothing else grants you permission to 
> modify or distribute"), dear law student.

Well, at least as long he keeps within the confines of copyright law
with regard to number of copies for private use.  The GPL is not
intended to make normal use of software harder, and an obligation to
distribute (as opposed to conditions on redistribution, like now)
would hamper use of the software unreasonably.  It would also require
bookkeeping where you got the software from and who would be entitled
to get sent any modifications.

With the GPL, you only need to worry about downstream concerning your
obligations.  Adding upstream worries to it does not seem like a good

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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