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Re: GPLv2+ vs. GPLv3+ licensing for FGAddon.

Postby Richard » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:22 pm

bugman wrote in Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:25 am:
5. c) You must license the entire work, as a whole, under this License to anyone who comes into possession of a copy.


You will have a very hard task to argue in court that your aircraft is not a whole. Let me quote the Free Software Foundation licensing department:


I'll stand up in court and argue this and I suspect that the court would find in my favour (but the only true test of this is actually in court).

We've had this discussion before[1] and I don't really want to rehash it; but basically my view is that the GPL can only legally effective as a licence when the content is distributed.

If I don't distribute any of the GPL that is licenced, then the licence terms cannot be enforced in a court because there is no legal statute that applies. i.e. licence only applies when distributing (copying) protected content.

[1] https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=28025&p=265064#p265062
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