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

From: Chris Friesen
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 14:49:42 EST

David Schwartz wrote:

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

They restrict you from getting new updates, they don't restrict you from distributing.

The GPL says, "You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein." Note the "granted herein" part. They can put all kinds of other restrictions on anything else, as long as they don't keep you from excercising your rights to modify and/or redistribute the code released under the GPL.

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?!)

I believe you have misunderstood the GPL. They only disallow further restrictions on the rights that the GPL grants. They don't say anything about other contracts or obligations.

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