Re: Linux GPL and binary module exception clause?

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Sat Dec 06 2003 - 05:53:12 EST

On Sat, 6 Dec 2003, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-12-05 at 18:28 -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 06, 2003 at 12:08:31AM +0000, David Woodhouse wrote:
> > > You either do that or you don't have permission to use my work. Whether
> > > your own work is derived or not is completely irrelevant; if you don't
> > > agree to the terms of _my_ licence, you don't get to use _my_ code.
> >
> > If and only if, as has been pointed out here many times, your license is
> > enforceable.
> This is true. The above applies only if the licence is enforceable, as
> Larry says.
> As has also been pointed out many times; if my licence is not
> enforceable then it is void, and you have no right to use my work
> whether you obey its conditions or not.

Interesting... So if it turns out that the use license of <insert any
(commercial) software product here> is not enforceable, no one is allowed to
use that product anymore, even if he paid for it?



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
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