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Re: GNU licenses

From: Merijn de Weerd
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 17:32:42 +0200
User-agent: slrn/ (FreeBSD)

On 2006-09-03, Alfred M. Szmidt <> wrote:
> Section 5:
>|      Therefore, by modifying or distributing the Program (or any
>|      work based on the Program), you indicate your acceptance of
>|      this License to do so, and all its terms and conditions for
>|      copying, distributing or modifying the Program or works based
>|      on it.
> Acceptance doesn't happen automatically, it happens when you modify or
> distribute the program.  If he doesn't accept the license, he is
> breaking the law.  Simple.

Sure. The big question is: with the paragraph above, is the sole
cause of action "breach of license" or is a separate action
for copyright infringement also possible?

If someone accepts a license, then does not adhere to the terms,
your sole action is to sue for breach. You can't say he is
infringing, since you licensed him to do the acts. He just does
not adhere to your conditions.


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