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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 11:42:31 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> Last time I looked, one could not make much use of a WORK without
>> obtaining a copy previously.
> And you obtain it from the net or a friend for free.

Before you can obtain it, it has to exist.  The creator of GPLed
software is the one controlling initial distribution.

>> > Nobody in his right mind will buy multiple copies if one can buy
>> > only one
>> But multiple persons might buy one copy each, right?
> So will you buy a copy for a friend, or simply give yours?

It just happens that not the whole world is a personal friend of mine.
Things might be different with you, given your friendly disposition.

> Go to doctor dak. And show him historical data on Red Hat's profits
> and losses, quarter by quarter since the beginning/going public.

So you claim that they were not profitable?  How then did they survive
and expand?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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