Andrew C. Oliver acoliver at
Wed Jan 17 15:53:18 UTC 2007

Right but the GPL does not require acceptance of the license to RUN it 
and the v3 explicitly states that.  Thus w/no acceptance, how is the 
disclaimer binding? 

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> 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
> 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)
> Matthew Flaschen

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