Alexander Terekhov <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > As for installing on multiple computers, I think that it's totally > OK. For example, I can install it on a computer at my home and on > another computer at my dacha. The key is that I can't legaly run it > simultaneously on multiple computers if I own only one copy. As long > as I don't do that, it's all fine and dandy.
Depends on whether the typical "I agree" "license" is of the same opinion. This "ok if run only on one CPU maximum" is part of some such agreements, but it is not inherent in copyright law. "Fair use" would typically entail making a copy for a friend of yours even if those copies would run in parallel. It would not entail making copies for a customer, and not for a fee, and not for a dozen machines. So massive parallel internal use is something not covered by copyright: you need specific permission. The GPL contains: Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of running the Program is not restricted, [...] so running copies in parallel is ok when you accept the license. The problem I see is that the GPL explains the conditions for copying for the sake of distribution to third parties. It does not explain conditions for copying for the sake of running the stuff, and copyright law does not provide default permission for an unlimited number of copies for that purpose. Maybe that is an omission. You can, of course, pro forma _distribute_ the required number of copies to yourself when heeding the GPL, but that sounds a bit contorted. -- David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum _______________________________________________ Gnu-misc-discuss mailing list Gnufirstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-misc-discuss