[clug-talk] FlameBait question - Do you have to agree to the GPL before using...?
graham.monk at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 09:43:16 PDT 2006
On 9/25/06, simon <simon at mungewell.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is probably going to start a flame war, but heh winter is coming
> and we all need to keep warm :-)
> Do you need to agree to the GPL license prior to using an application
> licensed under it?
For a better answer I suggest several days browsing the Groklaw archives.
In short, no. The gist of the recent German court decision was that if
you did not
accept the License, you had no further rights to distribute it. i.e.
You were then
in breach of the terms and deserved what you got.(assuming you were
However, if you are NOT redistributing it, there is no need to do anything.
It could be said that this is *accepting* the license. But there is no "formal"
accepting as such. Some software I think has some click-thru stuff, but some do
One thing that some people find suprising, is that if you take a piece of GPL
software for internal use only, you can do what you want and do not have to
give any of the mods back. If you then give it to a client or any
you have to follow the terms. Of course most people who mod GPL stuff have
figured out the advantages to sharing and do so.
To repeat, I Am Not A Lawyer, also, I have mislaid my Asbestos underwear,
so I shal now leave.
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