Redistribution constraint

Andrea Chiarelli a.chiarelli at
Fri Aug 20 08:42:21 UTC 2004

My question is not about copyright but about constraint on redistribution.

In your previous message you said:
"Any kind  of restriction on  redistribution is  against the philosophy of

GPL license imposes redistribution be free software

My questions are:

- Is this a restriction on redistribution (on freedom of redistribution)?
- If this can be considered a restriction, how can I distinguish among
acceptable restrictions and unacceptable ones?

Sorry if my questions may appear pedantic.

Andrea Chiarelli

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mahesh T. Pai" <paivakil at>
To: "Andrea Chiarelli" <a.chiarelli at>
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 8:33 PM
Subject: Re: Redistribution constraint

> Andrea Chiarelli said on Thu, Aug 19, 2004 at 07:37:51PM +0200,:
>  > The GPL constraint that imposes that every distribution must be
>  > under the GPL itself is not a restriction on redistribution? Is not GPL
>  > OS license?
> Please read the GPL FAQ from
>  > Is a  license that prohibits  me from redistributing  under another
>  > license not against the concept of freedom? (Just to understand!)
> No. It is a requirement of law that you retain my copyright notices
> when you distribute  *my* copyrighted work.
> --
>          Mahesh T. Pai    <<>>
> Encryption:   A   powerful  algorithmic   encoding
>             technique employed  in the creation of
>             computer manuals.

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