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Joerg Schilling schilling at
Fri Jan 25 15:40:18 UTC 2002

>From nickm at Fri Jan 25 16:18:59 2002

>> While it _is_ possible to stop them to distribute the modified version 
>> in binary form, it is not possible to force them to undisclose their
>> part of the source. So GPL gives no special help to enforce the freedom
>> of the sources.

>Oh sure, they can hang on to their "modifications" - let us say they
>changed a line from 
>int fish = 1;
>long fish = 1;

>They would be able to "keep" the line "long fish = 1;" and that's it.
>They'd have to agree not to use any of your code. So, what's the point
>in keeping these "modifications" if they have no right to the thing it
>modifies? :-)

Which brings us back to german Copyright or better "Authorship Right"
basic and shows that you cannot enforce the arrangements from GPL itself.


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