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Re: license issue: calling a GPLv2 library

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: license issue: calling a GPLv2 library
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 00:58:15 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> Nonsense.  Price-fixing is a voluntary agreement between parties to
>> the detriment of other parties.  But heeding an existing license is
>> not a bilateral agreement, 
> IP licenses are bilateral agreements/executary contracts.

The GPL is not bilateral since the recipient is not required to accept

>>                            and everybody else is free to use and
>> extend the software under the same license as everybody else.
> Making illegal price-fixing conspiracy in violation of Sherman Act
> by employing unlawful licensing agreement (i.e. contract) open for
> everybody to join the combination doesn't make it any less illegal.

A "conspiracy" which is in the open, free for anybody and does not
require signing a contract, is not much of a conspiracy.  Look it up
in a dictionary, preferably one with legal focus.

[And another quotation barrage utterly irrelevant to the case]

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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