GPL rules with borrowed application

Axel Schulz axel at
Thu Feb 12 09:28:35 UTC 2004

Hi @all!

I do not know all the legal aspects of the GPL but I could imagine that you cannot publish a software under the GPL and disallow to take copies of the software at the same time. That would contradict the GPL, wont it?
In this case, I suppose, software and hardware are easily sepereatable. (?)


"Fredrik Lundgren" <zoldac at> schrieb am 12.02.04 10:21:00:
> Hi all,
> Lets say I have developed an GPL'd application and put it on some hardware, 
> a pda. I then let someone borrow the pda, and NOT giving him/her permission 
> to take a copy of the application. Must I still give that person the source 
> code?
> If the person pays a smaller amount of money for the time he/she uses the 
> pda, does the answer from the previous question still apply?
> Sincerely,
> Fredrik
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