German software licensing law

Seth Johnson seth.johnson at
Tue Sep 27 13:58:55 UTC 2005

To be more particular, the GPL doesn't actually grant you an
exemption; it stipulates what kinds of derivative works you can
produce from the work in question.  It asserts a right in a
certain way; it doesn't, in its formal legal structure, exempt
you from the right.  What you are describing -- "you are exempt
if you also pass on freedoms" -- would require a contract.


Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> Licenses don't bind people, so they're not as dangerous.  Licenses grant you
> exceptions to the laws that already bind you.  For example, the GPL grants
> you exceptions to copyright law (copyright law says "you can't copy", the
> GPL says "you are exempt from that - so you can copy - IF you also pass on
> these freedoms...".  (The "IF" isn't a binding, it's a condition on a
> bonus.)
> Can someone correct me if I'm wrong?
> --
> CiarĂ¡n O'Riordan, ___________________/        Join the Fellowship of FSFE to
> _/ support the campaigns against software
> ___________________________________/      patents and IPRED2
> _______________________________________________
> Discussion mailing list
> Discussion at


RIAA is the RISK!  Our NET is P2P!

DRM is Theft!  We are the Stakeholders!

New Yorkers for Fair Use

[CC] Counter-copyright:

I reserve no rights restricting copying, modification or
distribution of this incidentally recorded communication. 
Original authorship should be attributed reasonably, but only so
far as such an expectation might hold for usual practice in
ordinary social discourse to which one holds no claim of
exclusive rights.

More information about the Discussion mailing list