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Re: What is source ?

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: What is source ?
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 21:27:50 -0000
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In article <85d5bd61wr.fsf@lola.goethe.zz>, David Kastrup wrote:
> Competitors might try to sue for misleading advertising, but that's about
> it.  There are no warranties, implied or otherwise, coming with GPLed
> software.  The only person who has standing to sue for non-compliance is
> the copyright holder himself.  As a recipient of misleadingly
> GPL-labelled, or incomplete software, you can't sue your source for
> compliance.  You can only report this to the copyright holder, and he
> might consider action.

Well, there will be no cause of action under copyright law, but there might
be under contract.  When party X promises something, and party Y
detrimentally relies on that, then the doctrine of promissory estoppel can
make it so there is effectively an enforcable contract.

--Tim Smith

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