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

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Open source licenses are /actually/ contracts?!?
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 15:09:59 -0500
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Arnoud writes:
> I agree with the principle, but the catch is that by using software
> without agreeing to the license, you're probably willfully infringing the
> copyright.

In the US _using_ software requires no license: just ownership of a copy.
Some copyright owners may only sell you copies of their works on the
condition that you agree to a contract[1], but that has nothing to do with

[1] Which they misleadingly label a "license".
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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