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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- "use freely"

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- "use freely"
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 18:47:51 +0100

"Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
>    Hey GNUtians dak, ams, ciaran, et al, would one of you please drop a
>    hardcopy (very hard one) of RHAT's subscription agreement on RMS' head.
>    Thank you very much in advance.
> A subscription agreement (paying for a service to get continuous
> updates on something) is not the same as a patent or copyright license
> fee.  So there is no reason to drop anything on Richard's head.

Hey ams, I'm talking about RHAT edition of "freedom 0". Can you grok 
that RHAT edition of "freedom 0" doesn't begin until a year later after 
contract end?

Extra "Systems on which Customer installs or executes the Software" 
aside for a moment, with a one year contract, RHAT will have one year 
AFTER that contract ends to come to you and collect $$$ (damages extra 
including) for your ability to *run* the software, even if you don't 
take any service from RHAT.

Quoting Red Hat's Subscription Agreement:


The term "Installed Systems" means the number of Systems on which
Customer installs or executes the Software. The term "System" means any
hardware on which the Software is installed, which may be, without
limitation, a server, a work station, a virtual machine, a blade, a
partition or an engine, as applicable. The initial number of Installed
Systems is the number of copies of the Software that Customer purchases.


Note that "Software" is contractually defined term.

<quote> The term "Software" means the subscription </quote>

Now, since it's just impossible to install and execute on a computer a
*subscription* (a legal arrangement for providing software), they must
mean software (not Software) in the definition of "Installed Systems".

And here's the hammer:


If Customer wishes to increase the number of Installed System, then
Customer will purchase from Red Hat additional Services for each
additional Installed System. During the term of this Agreement and for
one (1) year thereafter, Customer expressly grants to Red Hat the right
to audit Customer's facilities and records from time to time in order to
verify Customer's compliance with the terms and conditions of this
Agreement. Any such audit shall only take place during Customer's normal
business hours and upon no less than ten (10) days prior written notice
from Red Hat. Red Hat shall conduct no more than one such audit in any
twelve-month period except for the express purpose of assuring compliance
by Customer where non-compliance has been established in a prior audit.
Red Hat shall give Customer written notice of any non-compliance, and if
a payment deficiency exists, then Customer shall have fifteen (15) days
from the date of such notice to make payment to Red Hat for any payment
deficiency. The amount of the payment deficiency will be determined by
multiplying the number of underreported Installed Systems or Services by
the annual fee for such item. If Customer is found to have underreported
the number of Installed Systems or amount of Services by more than five
percent (5%), Customer shall, in addition to the annual fee for such item,
pay liquidated damages equal to twenty percent (20%) of the underreported
fees for loss of income and administration costs suffered by Red Hat as a




Our subscription-based contract model may encounter customer resistance.

The subscription agreement used for many of our products, including
Enterprise Linux, requires customers to agree to a subscription for our
services for each installed system on which they deploy our
subscription based products. At the same time, the subscription
agreement places no restriction on the customer’s right to redistribute
the products. While we believe this practice complies with the
requirements of the GNU General Public License, and while we have
reviewed this practice with the Free Software Foundation, the
organization that maintains and provides interpretations of the GNU
General Public License, we may still encounter customer resistance to
this distribution model. To the extent we are unsuccessful in
promoting or defending this distribution model, our business and
operating results could be materially and adversely affected. 



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