The "Death Penalty"...
Posted Mar 23, 2012 14:29 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: The "Death Penalty"...
Parent article: Enforcing the GPL with Judo moves (The H)
In the beginning. Sure, GPL says
Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this License; they are outside its scope.
but then it continues:
The act of running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the Program is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the Program (independent of having been made by running the Program). Whether that is true depends on what the Program does.
This means that even in jurisdictions where you need license to run the program you have explicit grant. Of course these two sentences contradict each other so it's not at all clear if you can still run the GPL program if you've violated the GPL.
GPLv3 clarifies this stance: it removes useless “outside its scope” message and only keeps
This License explicitly affirms your unlimited permission to run the unmodified Program. The output from running a covered work is covered by this License only if the output, given its content, constitutes a covered work.
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