GPL not a EULA?

James Blackwell jblack at
Sun Oct 15 23:56:21 BST 2006

To help substantiate the point that the GPL is not an EULA (section 0,
paragraph 2):

  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, and the output from the Program is
  covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the Program
  (independent of having been made by running the Program).  Whether that
  is true depends on what the Program does.

The bottom of the GPLv2 text has the following suggestion:

 Copyright (C) <year>  <name of author>

   This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
   under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
   Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
   option) any later version.

   This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
   GNU General Public License for more details.

   You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
   along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
   Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston,
   MA 02111-1307, USA.

On Sat, Oct 14, 2006 at 09:48:07AM +0200, Marius Kruger wrote:
> I looked at your screen shots. Some comments:
>   1. The info page is good and appropriate, as all good citersens wants
>   to know exactly under which licence he is installing the software. People
>   and especially companies don't want to be on the wrong side of the law.
>   2. If it is possible, I think it would make sense to clarify to the
>   user,
>   that the license applies to bzr code (like Lachlan said)
> On 10/11/06, Alexander Belchenko <bialix at> wrote:
> >
> >
> >Attached bundle change license page to info page. If people will
> >satisfied with this change (looking at screenshots) then merge this
> >change to for 0.12 release.
> >
> >--
> >Alexander
> >
> On 10/11/06, Lachlan Patrick <loki at> wrote:
> >
> >Yes, I was thinking the installer could display it and say "This applies
> >to bzr code, not your code or documents", and the user just clicks Next.
> >
> thanks
> marius
> -- 
> --
> The source is strong in this one.

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