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Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 21:51:26 +0200 (CEST)

   "Alfred M. Szmidt" <> writes:

   >    Not really.  You can use it to license commercial software, but
   >    since the demand is that it is "to be licensed as a whole at no
   >    charge", while you can charge for a copy of the _software_, the
   >    license itself is not a commercial item.
   > Sure it is, you can charge several millions for a copy of the license.
   > All that is required is that you do not modify it.

   You can't charge anything for the license accompanying sublicensed
   GPLed software, obviously.  That's what the "no charge" is about.
   Please read again.

Sure I can, I am talking about the actual _LICENSE_.  The FSF even
sells nicely printed copies of it, did you know that?

|     Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
|     of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

What I cannot do is charge for receiving a license to do things, which
is quite different.  You like to complain about my spelling, now I'd
like to take the oppertunity to complain about your complete and utter
inability to comprehend basic English.

   >    Anyway, in contrast to most available licenses, the GPL has a
   >    section explaining how to apply it to software of your own.
   >    That makes it considerably _easier_ to license stuff under the
   >    GPL than under most other licenses.  You just need to read the
   >    respective section.
   > Well, to license anything you need to read the license, if you
   > don't, then you are quite stupid, kinda like giving out signed
   > checks without a sum or something...

   You got side-tracked again.  The topic was that the GPL contains a
   passage explaining how to apply it to software of your own, in
   contrast to many other licenses.  You can read those other licenses
   as often as you want and they won't tell you how to apply them to
   works of your own.

And again, this was not what I was talking about.  I was talking about
the actual _license_.

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