OSD compliant shareware

Samuel Reynolds samuel_reynolds at csgsystems.com
Wed Nov 14 19:02:52 UTC 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Forrest J Cavalier III [mailto:forrest at mibsoftware.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:52 AM
> Subject: RE: OSD compliant shareware
> > Okay. But my point was that the copyright holder can grant
> > portions of his rights under copyright without obtaining
> > the signature of the recipient(s), while usage rights require
> > a contract.
> > 
> Do you think the GPL creates a contract?

No, I don't. I think it is a mechanism by which the
copyright holder grants a portion of his rights under
copyright law to anyone at all, but only under certain
conditions. Such grant does not require a contract.

By exercising such rights as are granted under the GPL,
anyone other than the copyright holder accepts the
defined conditions, and is bound by in exercising
those rights.

(As always: IANAL, TINLA, IMHO, etc.)

- Sam

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