Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Sep 2010 23:38 UTC
Legal EULAs, and whatever nonsense they may contain, are legally binding in the US. Have a great weekend!
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RE: A few points
by roverrobot on Sat 11th Sep 2010 06:54 UTC in reply to "A few points"
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2006-07-23


The GPL is free code that requires you to change how you license your code if you use it. I don't think anyone here thinks thats wrong, even though that power goes WAY beyond the power a person would have if they sold you something. When Linksys (for example) broke the terms of the license, nobody said that the GPL should be overturned, they wanted the freakin code, because if Linksys didn't want to abide by the terms of the GPL, they shouldn't have used it.


GPL is about copyright. As someone pointed out, copyright is not the same as ownership. For example, if you have bought a book, can you claim that whatever said in the book is now yours? No! But, can you resell the book? Yes!

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RE[2]: A few points
by google_ninja on Sat 11th Sep 2010 07:56 in reply to "RE: A few points"
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2006-02-05

GPL is about licencing, that is what the L stands for.

I was using books and cds as an example of a purchase with additional restrictions. If I buy bread, I can photocopy it. If I buy a book, I can't photocopy it. You have different rights depending on what you buy.

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RE[3]: A few points
by WereCatf on Sat 11th Sep 2010 08:11 in reply to "RE[2]: A few points"
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2006-02-15

GPL is about licencing, that is what the L stands for.

GPL is a copyright license, not a sales license. I already warned another person here about mixing the two and you are making the same mistake. Sales laws != copyright laws.

I was using books and cds as an example of a purchase with additional restrictions. If I buy bread, I can photocopy it. If I buy a book, I can't photocopy it. You have different rights depending on what you buy.

Actually yes, you can photocopy it. There is nothing illegal with that. It is perfectly fine and legal to do for your own use. You can't however spread those photocopies to others without permission, that's where copyright law steps in.

I really, really wish you people would educate yourselves on copyright, sales and contract laws before claiming things. I am sickeningly tired of seeing the same mistaken claims being made all the time.

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RE[3]: A few points
by lemur2 on Sat 11th Sep 2010 08:17 in reply to "RE[2]: A few points"
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2007-02-17

GPL is about licencing, that is what the L stands for.

I was using books and cds as an example of a purchase with additional restrictions. If I buy bread, I can photocopy it. If I buy a book, I can't photocopy it. You have different rights depending on what you buy.


AFAIK: If you buy a book, you can indeed photocopy it. You just aren't allowed to re-distribute (i.e. sell) the photocopy. You are allowed to re-sell the original, as long as you do not keep a photocopy (which is to say that if you sell the book then you can no longer have it).

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