RFH: GPLv3

Robert Dewar dewar@adacore.com
Sun Jul 15 13:32:00 GMT 2007


Richard Kenner wrote:
>> Actually the whole notion of violating a license is a confused one.  The
>> violation is of the copyright, the license merely gives some cases in
>> which copying is allowed. If you copy outside the license you have not
>> "violated" the license, you have simply infringed the copyright, and the
>> license is irrelevant.
> 
> Well, yes and no.  In the current situation where the "license" usually
> isn't a signed agreement between the parties, that's correct.  However, if
> two companies sign a license agreement for some software, that agreement is
> a contract between the companies and is enforceable as a contract.  What
> you (correctly) point out is that the more usual enforcement is as a
> copyright infringement because that has statutory damages and the license
> violation would have actual damages. 

Not the right analogy, the right analogy is a shrink wrapped license
e.g. from Microsoft, such licenses just



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