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Re: Circumventing the GPL

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Circumventing the GPL
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:31:38 -0400
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David Kastrup wrote:
B gets _paid_ by A and yet receives the disks by first _sale_ rather
than acting as an agent of A?  You'll have a _really_ hard time selling
that to a judge.

A gives specifications to B. B develops the software.
A buys a bunch of copies of the software from B and
resells the copies to its own customers. I don't know
why you find this concept so strange. This kind of
arrangement must be ubiquitous in the industry.

Note, by the way, that this is similar to a model that's
often proposed for how people can make money from free
software. A company pays a developer to develop customized
free software, but the developer retains rights to it and
can further develop it for other customers.

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