How To Break The GPL
jread at semiotek.com
Fri Mar 3 22:44:09 UTC 2000
On Fri, Mar 03, 2000 at 04:51:03PM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> Ah, but then you raise this question: If the GPL is an ordinary
> contract, where's the consideration?
There's lots of consideration:
-- fame from becoming well known as the author of a free software work
-- expectation that you will receive further copyrighted material in
return, from someone who contributed to your project (this is
explicitly mentioned as being of value in US title 17, the
-- the service of distributing your copyrighted work to other people
for you so that they can provide one of the above
-- personal satisfaction in knowing that others use your software
Consideration can be anything of value, and all of the above seem to
be things of value. I don't think a court would have a hard time
Also, is the GPL a copyright *grant* or a copyright *license*? A grant
assigns ownership rights to other people. A license simply gives
everyone some permission to use it.
I think the GPL is a *license* and probably depends on there being
I am not a lawyer, so take all this with a grain of salt.
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