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

From: Trever L. Adams
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 16:20:03 EST

On Wed, 2004-11-10 at 18:14 +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> 2. "I will pay you $1000 if you do not distribute the source"
> #2 Is interesting - its I think the borderline you intended to find, and
> I'm not sure anyone could call it either way without being a qualified
> lawyer.
> Alan

Alan, actually here in the States #2 is pretty easy to call. BTW, IANAL,
just have had to take law classes for various classes. The law here
clearly states that a contract is two parties exchanging things of

Some text book examples of contracts include one parties
"consideration" (thing of value) may be refraining from exercising a
right/privilege they have.

Of course, anyone who is willing to give up rights indefinitely for a
small some of money or a small benefit is a fool, but hey.

Now of course, if they say "hey, I have this awesome change to this GPL
program, I will share it with you but only if you agree to not
distribute it is bogus. That violates the GPL on their part and revokes
their license.

"Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we possess
ourselves." -- Gandalf the White [J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Two Towers", Bk
3, Ch. XI]

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