In article <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Hyman Rosen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Tim Smith wrote: > > 1. Acquire a lawful copy of a GPL binary. Doesn't matter how--download > > it from somewhere, compile it from source, whatever. > > 2. Make copies of the binary. GPL says this is OK. > > 3. Sell or give away those copies. They are lawfully made copies, and > > the person owns those particular copies, so this seems to fall under > > first sale. > > Nope. GPL3p2 says > "You may make, run and propagate covered works that you > do not convey, without conditions so long as your license > otherwise remains in force."
Ah, but what about GPLv3 section 0, which includes this: To ³propagate² a work means to do anything with it that, without permission, would make you directly or secondarily liable for infringement under applicable copyright law, except executing it on a computer or modifying a private copy. Propagation includes copying, distribution (with or without modification), making available to the public, and in some countries other activities as well. If you are distributing your copies under the protection of first sale, then that is not propagation, as defined in the first sentence of that paragraph. The second paragraph says propagation includes distribution, but the question then arises is that meant to be independent of the first sentence, or is it illustrative? That is, does it only include distribution that would make you liable under copyright law? I believe the FSF's position is that GPL (all versions) does not take away any rights--it only gives you additional rights above what copyright law allows. Based on that, I'd assume that GPL does not try to punish you for exercising first sale rights. -- --Tim Smith _______________________________________________ gnu-misc-discuss mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-misc-discuss