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Re: Artifex v. Diebold: "The GPL is non-commercial!"

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Artifex v. Diebold: "The GPL is non-commercial!"
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:40:26 -0500
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David Kastrup wrote:
Why? Then the software would not be redistributable

No, you don't understand. He thinks that any software that
has already been released under the GPL may be freely used
by anyone without restriction, because the permissions
granted by the GPL apply even though its restrictions don't.

It's as if he thinks he can go into a car dealership, listen
to the salesman say "you can take this car if you pay me
$35,000" and decide to observe the "you can take this car"
part but ignore the "if you pay me $35,000" part. In the
real world, this leads to unpleasant consequences, but the
real world has very little to do with his fever dreams.

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