Manifestation of Assent

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at
Wed Oct 30 05:37:52 UTC 2002

This article doesn't apply to the GPL and I didn't say it did.  I don't
agree with their position on assent, but I will defend their right to
hold to that position.  /Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:jcowan at] 
> Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 8:16 PM
> To: lrosen at
> Cc: license-discuss at
> Subject: Re: Manifestation of Assent
> Lawrence E. Rosen scripsit:
> > There's been much discussion lately about click-wrap licenses.  I'm 
> > attaching an article I wrote on this topic for my Linux Journal 
> > column. Please don't distribute this article without my 
> permission so 
> > that Linux Journal will have the opportunity to publish it first.  
> > /Larry Rosen
> Thanks for the preview.
> I realize that typeface is inelastic, but I wish you had 
> squeezed in a sentence about the GPL's view of assent: you 
> assent by copying, modifying, or distributing, since these 
> are things that would otherwise be forbidden by law.
> -- 
> He made the Legislature meet at one-horse       John Cowan
> tank-towns out in the alfalfa belt, so that     
> jcowan at
> hardly nobody could get there and most of       
> the leaders would stay home and 
> let him go
> to work and do things as he pleased.    --Mencken, 
> _Declaration of Independence_

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