Limiting the use of an OpenSource application

Matthew C. Weigel weigel at
Mon Mar 4 05:55:35 UTC 2002

On Sunday, March 3, 2002, at 11:42 p, John Cowan wrote:

> So you argue that the GPL is immoral?  It imposes after-the-fact
> restrictions on redistribution; they just serve different purposes
> than the "not-to-be-used-by-the-South-African-police" license.

I don't mean to argue his case, but I don't think it does: my 
understanding is that it does not usurp the rights you have when 
you get it; it offers an agreement which you can accept or not.

All the normal rights of buying a book correspond to the rights of 
buying a CD with GPL'd software on it; you are offered an 
additional agreement on top of that.

weigel at

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