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Re: TomTom, the GPL and patents

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: TomTom, the GPL and patents
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:41:02 -0400
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
Rjack wrote:
Try reading sec. 7 of the GPL sometime.

Section 7 (of GPLv2) says that if the people to whom you would distribute software under the GPL will not be able to exercise their four freedoms due to patent or other legal restrictions, then you may not distribute the software to them under the GPL.

Why do you think this means that anyone is trying to control software patents that they don't own?

You have linked your GPL copyright license distribution clause to
depend on the freedom of exercise of another's patent rights. How's that so difficult to understand? By the way, your "four freedoms" are really "restrictions" cloaked in socialist semantics.

GNUtians don't like the accepted definition of "freedom" so they
just moooooooooooove the definition to a definition they prefer.

Rjack :)

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