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Re: Open source licenses are /actually/ contracts?!?

From: Tim Tyler
Subject: Re: Open source licenses are /actually/ contracts?!?
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 16:27:28 GMT
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Tim Tyler wrote:


The [L]GPL (both 2 and 3) purports to impose a whole bunch
of covenants ("conditions" but not "conditions precedent")
upon licensees.
No it doesn't.


"Regardless of what server hosts the Corresponding Source, you remain obligated to ensure that it is available for as long as needed to satisfy these requirements."

How on earth could this "condition" bind me to "remain obligated" if it
isn't a covenant imposed on me?

It's not "imposed on you": you need not comply - if you do not
redistribute the software.  If you do this, it is of your own
free will.

You have no right to redistribute the software - with
or without the source code - under copyright law, unless
such freedom is granted by a license.
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