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Editorial A reader asks: "Can someone comment on the legality of using my brother's old Snow Leopard DVD to install OS X? My brother has Lion, so why can't he choose to give it to me? It doesn't violate Apple's 1 license per 1 computer policy."
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

So, by meeting the conditions of the permissive license one is in-fact agreeing to the terms of the license then. It grants anyone the basic copy rights plus the additional rights (hence, the permissive license) only so long as they agree with and remain within the terms of the license.


Nope. The GPL grants anyone the basic copy rights unconditionally, plus the additional rights only so long as the recipient of the code remains within the terms of the license.

It says absolutely nothing about agreement. It makes not one whit of difference what the recipient thinks about the conditions. The recipient can agree, or disagree, or think the conditions are an outrageous restriction or a perfectly fair deal ... it matters not at all.

If the recipient acts within the conditions (regardless of the recipients opinion of said conditions), then the permissions which are dependent on those conditions are granted to that recipient of the code.

Pure and simple. No-one has to agree, or disagree, with anything. There is no negotiation involved, there is nothing to negotiate.

I think you seriously need to look up what is meant by "agreement" in this context.

http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/agreement.html

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agreement

The GPL licenses is merely a grant of permissions, some of which are conditional. It is nowhere near to fitting within the definition of "agreement".

Edited 2011-12-05 05:31 UTC

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