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Re: [OT] The GPL and possible violations



On Mon, 2006-02-20 at 09:45 -0500, Don Bedsole wrote:
> Hi,
> Ok, I have to admit, I have not been playing close attention to this 
> discussion, but what I have seen has raised a question for me.  I would like 
> a clarification.  Do I, as an end user have the right to install non-GPL 
> software (e.g. RealPlayer) on my Linux box if it links to GPL software?  Can 
> I install non-GPL software which links to anything it wants to on my 
> computer?  Is it legal for non-GPL software distributors (RealPlayer, et. al) 
> to furnish software to me which links to GPL software?  Wouldn't it only be a 
> problem if I were to somehow redistribute the non-GPL--GPL software 
> combination?  In other words, can non-GPL distributors (again RealPlayer for 
> example), give me whatever software they want to, which links to whatever it 
> wants to, as long as I, the end-user, do not distribute the resulting 
> GPL-non--GPL combination?  Thank you.

AIUI, yes.  
Distribution is one of the key things in the licensing.
You can take GPL software and use it / modify it / add to it in any way
you like.

Distribution is another ballgame.


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