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Re: Another GNU License Question

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Another GNU License Question
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 11:15:35 +0200
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mike3 <> writes:

> On Aug 12, 1:24 am, David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> mike3 <> writes:
>> > What exactly then is being said in the quoted passage?
>> It defines "internal use", the situation where no distribution
>> occurs.  For example, if you made a lot of changes to a GPL program
>> by inserting a bunch of private material, and then something breaks
>> and you hire a programmer to fix it.  This programmer does not have
>> the right to distribute your modified program to the world under
>> the terms of the GPL.
> Oh, and the license is directed at this hired guy, then.

No.  It is directed at you.  If the guy redistributes your program,
you can sue him for misappropriation, not for breach of license,
because the programmer got no license in the first place.

> But does the terms under the GPL mean that _you_ cannot go and grant
> the hired guy permission to distribute your program even if for some
> odd reason you wanted to?

He does not get a license in the course of the described business
transaction, but nothing precludes you from giving him one
explicitly, _if_ you have a license to do so.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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