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Re: the GPL is a license not a contract ..

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: the GPL is a license not a contract ..
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:31:11 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:

Is the author of this incorrectly reasoned paper Rjack?
It seems to spout similar errors and natters on about conditions.
For example,
    If you pass software to anybody else or use it in another
    computer, you (and the third person) automatically lose
    your right to use the software. Everything courts had said
    on the (in-) validity of contractual use restrictions in
    the software business is now going to be undermined by the
    model of the condition subsequent.

The extra permissions of the GPL apply when copyright law would
otherwise prohibit you from doing something. Since copyright law
allows resale of software and running it on different machines,
the GPL is completely silent.

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