For Approval: GPLv3

Alexander Terekhov alexander.terekhov at
Fri Aug 31 18:59:08 UTC 2007

On 8/31/07, Raj Mathur <raju at> wrote:

[... GPLv3 is a contract? ...]

Contracts & Agreements

The law relating to contracts and agreements is found in the Indian
Contract Act, 1872. As per Section 2(e) of the said Act, every promise
and every set of promises, forming the consideration for each other,
is an "Agreement". According to Section 2(h) of the same Act, an
agreement enforceable by law is a "Contract".


Copyright License Agreements

We enter into contracts so many times in a day that 'contract' has
become an indispensable part of our life. When you purchase milk or
newspaper in the morning or go to movie in the evening, you are
entering into a contract. Indian Contract Act really codifies the way
we enter into a contract, execute a contract, implement provisions of
a contract and effects of breach of a contract. Basically, a person is
free to contract on any terms he chooses. The Contract Act consists of
limiting factors subject to which contract may be entered into,
executed and breach enforced. It only provides a framework of rules
and regulations which govern formation and performance of contract.
The rights and duties of parties and terms of agreement are decided by
the contracting parties themselves. The court of law acts to enforce
agreement, in case of non-performance.

For further questions about the GPL Contract (which is governed by the
Indian Contract Act), you might want to contact former Law Professor
("teacher of law for a short time once")  Mahesh T. Pai.



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