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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 19:34:31 -0400
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Rjack wrote:
The seller of the router, when he distributes it to a buyer purportedly
promises to license the code to "all third parties". The irony is that
the GPL specifically excludes the *parties* to the contract (the
distributors) since the class "all third parties" does not include the
contracting parties.

There's no irony at all. The seller already has a license,
and the buyer is getting one with the software. The third-
parties language is there to prevent the seller from imposing
license fees on third parties which could constrain the buyer
from distributing the software as he wished, under the terms
of the GPL.

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