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From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: SFLC is SOL
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:08:55 -0000
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On 3/16/2010 12:03 PM, RJack wrote:
That's a really brilliant tautology.
"If I never use the GPL then the Supreme Court ruling doesn't apply"!
Clever. Really clever.

If you choose not to avail yourself of the permissions granted
by the GPL, then you are not bound by it. The Supreme Court says
that a contract cannot bind a non-party. Both of these things are
simultaneously true. You seem very confused. Certainly if you
choose to accept the permissions of the GPL then you license the
covered work at no charge to all third parties under the GPL, but
that does not bind the third parties to anything unless they too
choose to accept the permissions of the GPL.

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