RE: GPL Violation of 'sveasoft' with GPL Linux Kernel/Busybox +code

From: David Schwartz
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 14:33:01 EST

> On Maw, 2004-11-09 at 02:32, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> > "The $20 USD subscription fee includes unlimited priority support,
> > full access to the Sveasoft forums, and unlimited access to new
> > firmware versions and upgrades."
> >
> > So it looks like "if you exersize your right for the software in quesion
> > I terminate the contract we have entered into" as opposed to "I will not
> > extend your contract beyond initial term".
> >
> > Isn't that an additional restriction? My rights for updates are revoked
> > if I distribute GPLed code.
> Those aren't GPL granted rights. The updates/support contract is a
> private contractual matter between Sveasoft and its members. They don't
> stop you redistributing the GPL code you received.

They don't stop you, they just restrict you.

Look, this really is simple. When the GPL talks about "additional
restrictions", it doesn't mean the restrictions found in the GPL. It means
restrictions found elsewhere, such as in private contracts. (Where else
would the restrictions be?!)


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