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
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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