OSD compliant shareware

David Johnson david at usermode.org
Fri Nov 16 02:50:17 UTC 2001

On Thursday 15 November 2001 07:15 am, John Cowan wrote:

> > Just because some license declares that I have agreed to it does
> > not make it so.
> In the case of the GPL, it says "If you agree to these rules, you may do
> these things.  If you don't agree, you are not bound, but you can't do
> them anyway (because of the copyright law)."

In the case of the GPL, and most other OSS licenses, I can completely ignore 
the license, place a full page ad in the NYT saying "I Disagree", get an 
official judicial decree that I have not agreed, and STILL be able to use the 
software under the terms of copyright law.

Compare this to the typical proprietary license that unilaterally imposes 
terms of use that remove rights granted to the user by law.

David Johnson
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