matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Wed Jan 17 15:26:28 UTC 2007
Andrew C. Oliver wrote:
> Maybe this is off topic but Brian started it :-) So the GPL doesn't
> require acceptance of the license to run the software. Does this mean
> that the warranty disclaimer only applies to distribution? Meaning if
> you don't distribute but only run it, may I, the author be liable?
IANAL, I don't think so. First of all, there's a warranty disclaimer
"This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details." in the recommended notice.
Second, I don't think you *can* agree to a warranty disclaimer;
something just gets disclaimed (presumably legally) and you deal by
using or not using the product. The warranty disclaimer is detailed in a
section of the license document, but isn't otherwise related (as a
permission or restriction)
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