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Re: Big blow to proprietary linking nonsense.

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Big blow to proprietary linking nonsense.
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:56:06 -0000
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On 5/18/2010 12:47 PM, amicus_curious wrote:
I think that you are ignoring the premise on purpose because you have no
answer that fits your philosophy. Once again:
A. Someone wants an improved version of some GPL work.
B. They contract with a third part to obtain that modified GPL work,
paying the third part a sum agreeable to the third party.
C. As a condition of the third party contract, the person agrees to not
disclose any details or make copies of the item for use by others not
party to the contract.
D. When all is said and done, the person has his software to use and the
supplier has his money. No GPL violations here.

All correct. What I don't understand is why you believe this
is antithetical to the free software philosophy. There is no
user here who has been deprived of any freedom - the user is
voluntarily choosing not to share his program with others, but
free software doesn't require such sharing.

So Rjack is free to sell his amalgamation of GPL and self-provided
software to anyone, free of GPL restrictions, as long as the customer
has access to the original, unmodified source.

And as long as the purveyor of this amalgamation does not
convey it as a unified work without honoring the GPL.

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