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Re: Something about Less General Public License

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Something about Less General Public License
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 11:19:15 +0200

Forgot to mention...

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> Only shows how tech-litterate you are. There's a much smaller download
> with just the EULAs:

Not that it makes any difference, just note that this Summer 2004 stuff
that "tech-litterate" mini-RMS managed to dig out of is
obsolete. The SDK that I've downloaded (MICROSOFT DIRECTX SOFTWARE 
DEVELOPMENT KIT (SDK) June 2006) requires assent (as prereq to install 
via affirmative "I agree" click as manifestation) to the contract 
attached below. Note that its grant of right to prepare derivative 
works covers only MS samples and two utilities Maya and Max. Since 
linking to runtime in DIRECTX REDIST.TXT Files doesn't constitute 
creation of derivative work under copyright laws (don't confuse it 
with unwritten Copyleft Act of the GNU Republic which maniacs RMS and 
Moglen sort of "invision" in the GPL and its FAQ) there's no need for 
Microsoft to grant that exclusive right.

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