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Re: Circumventing the GPL

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Circumventing the GPL
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 17:42:40 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> John Hasler wrote:
>> Tim Smith wrote:
>> > The copies were pretty clearly made lawfully under GPL.  I am clearly the
>> > owner of the copies.  So, why can't I take advantage of first sale and
>> > sell them, without the need of copyright permission?
>> Because you agreed not to sell them without source when you accepted the
>> GPL which you did when you made the copies.  
> Ahhh. But don't you know that the GPL is not a contract (agreement) in
> the GNU Republic, uncle Hasler? :-)

You can claim either agreement or non-agreement with the conditions.
Your choice.  In the latter case, you had no permission to copy in the
first place.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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