Version 2. Open source shareware

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Nov 10 03:38:54 UTC 2001

Forrest J. Cavalier III scripsit:

> Here is the improved version 2.  The trick is to distribute the
> shareware as source only.  In that case, in order to run it,
> it must be compiled, and (unless you are compiling and linking
> in memory), that creates a derivative work, a right reserved
> to the copyright owner.   Then use the GPL method of forcing
> a license agreement without signing one.

Won't work (IANAL, TINLA), at least in the U.S.; any copies of
computer programs that are needed in order to use the program
are specifically non-infringing, by section 117.  Normally,
this refers to copying the binary form from disk to core,
but it plainly would cover compiling if that's required.

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