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Re: The GPL means what you want it to mean

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: The GPL means what you want it to mean
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 08:28:57 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Thufir Hawat <> wrote:

> It[the GPL]'s just as much a contract as any other EULA.

The GPL isn't a EULA, except perhaps the tiny part of it that says "you
may run this program unconditionally".  The concept of "end user" is
absent in free software licensing, and the GPL goes to considerable
lengths to ensure that nobody is relegated to the status of an "end
user", except by choice.

The GPL is a license for distributing and changing software, not for
using it.

> -Thufir

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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