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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 19:37:26 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> John Hasler <> writes:
>> > I wrote:
>> >> "Finding it on some server" involves creating a copy on your
>> >> computer.  If you own the computer you own the copy.
>> >
>> > Implicit in my statement is that the server in question is
>> > publically accessible, and that the URL of the file in question is
>> > published there with no access controls.
>> Again: you'll find that publicly accessible servers have some
>> statement concerning the status of software downloadable from them.
> They are not binding without formalities. Good old contractual 
> requirements like manifestation of assent, etc.

You'll have a fun time telling a judge when presented with a
cease-and-desist order "I downloaded this from somewhere and did not
bother reading the conditions before redistributing it".

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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