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Re: GNU licenses

From: Merijn de Weerd
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 20:35:46 +0200
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On 2006-09-21, Alfred M. Szmidt <> wrote:
>    I can completely ignore the license, and not be any worse off than
>    if it didn't apply.
> If you completely ignore the license, then you completely ignore the
> law.

Who knows, I might be copying under a fair use exception.

Anyway, ignoring the license means you have no valid license to do
what you are doing. Without a valid license, you violate copyright
law. Like you say:

> Wrong.  See section 5.  Not complying with the GNU GPL is a violation
> of the law, and you can be sued accordingly.

You get sued for copyright infringement. You get convicted and
have to pay compensation, maybe go to jail. 

The point is: you will not get ordered to start complying with the GPL.


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