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Re: Artifex v. Diebold: "The GPL is non-commercial!"

From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Artifex v. Diebold: "The GPL is non-commercial!"
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:18:49 -0500

"Alexander Terekhov" <> wrote in message">

You're mistaken, Hyman. 17 USC 109.

That seems like the start of a cute trick. If I make a copy from a legitimate source, then it is a legitimate copy that I can give away. I cannot copy it, but I can give it away. So if I make a million copies directly from the legitimate source, I have a million legitimate copies that I can dispose of any way that I please, either give them away or sell them if I can. The GPL does not restrict that.

It seems to me that I have no obligation to give away everything as a whole, either. I can give away the executable code and not give away the copy of the source or the copy of the GPL license that came with the copy I made.

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