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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 13:15:58 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> That practice is currently under implied license (given the current
> GPL). (Otherwise we got a whole bunch of criminals given the
> horrendous scale of copyright infringement in GNU stuff under the
> current GPL.)

There is no such thing as an implied license to download anything you
can find on a server (that would be hacker's haven indead!).  Servers
providing software for download pretty much all do so with an
explanation that downloading available software will be pursuant to
the license conditions contained in the downloaded material.

"I found it on some server" does not make you the owner of a copy in
any manner that "I found it on the street" makes you the owner of a
copy of a book.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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