[svlug] Re: Business GPL concerns
mkc at mathdogs.com
Mon Apr 30 23:02:02 PDT 2001
"Karsten M. Self" <kmself at ix.netcom.com> writes:
> on Mon, Apr 30, 2001 at 04:16:11PM -0500, Mike Coleman (mkc at mathdogs.com) wrote:
> > Well, yes, but (as you may already know) copying of materials covered
> > by the GPL is only allowed via a license. Future versions of this
> > license (which developers may choose to use in the future) could be
> > altered to allow and restrict copying in all sorts of different ways.
> Highly doubtful:
> Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
> covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of
> running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the
> Program is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on
> the Program (independent of having been made by running the
> Program). Whether that is true depends on what the Program does.
> GPL v2, section 0.
Okay. I was talking about what was legally possible, as opposed to what the
FSF might actually choose to include in a future license. It would seem that
they would tend to make future changes to the license exceedingly small. If
they were going to make dramatic changes, I'd think they'd give that new
license a new name.
Mike Coleman, mkc at mathdogs.com
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