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Re: German-GPL victorious in Frankfurt district court

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: German-GPL victorious in Frankfurt district court
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 22:31:20 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> Well, yes.  That's a consequence of the GPL being a license, not a
>> contract.  
> :-)
> I love you, dak. Hey, can you read the judgment? Let us count the
> number of "vertrag" and "Vertrag" occurrences in it. You go first.

The standard of compliance to licenses is that of contract law.  The
difference is that the GPL is, more or less, a contract _offer_.  You
can take it or leave it, and it does not matter whether you signed it
or not, or clicked "I agree" or anything.  But the one thing you can't
do is cherrypick: assume that you get the additional rights spelled
out in the license without an obligation.

Let Eben explain the concept to you a few more hundred times, maybe
you'll get it.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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