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Re: Using non-GPL libraries in a GPL program

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Using non-GPL libraries in a GPL program
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 19:45:21 +0200
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John Hasler <> writes:

> David Kastrup writes:
>> You won't find "You are not required to accept this License in order to
>> receive or run a copy of the Program" in a license from Microsoft
> However, in the US that statement is true anyway.  It is only when
> dealing with Microsoft and its agents that agreeing to the contract is
> a condition of sale of a copy.

Oh, you can sell legally acquired copies all you want (Autocad just got
reminded in court about that, hard).  As long as you have not
contractually agreed not to do so by an explicit act of agreement or by
doing something for which you need implied permission.

Put informally: a shrink-wrap license is nothing you need to bother
about as long as the shrink-wrap is still on.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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