Interference between instances on MS-Windows

Matthew Woehlke
Thu Jul 5 19:31:00 GMT 2007

Dave Korn wrote:
> On 05 July 2007 17:17, Bob McConnell wrote:
>> Sending a copy of it to one support tech to
>> debug that vendor's library does not constitute distribution, AFAICT.
>   Utterly comprehensively wrong.  Sorry.


"You may convey covered works to others for the sole purpose of having 
them make modifications exclusively for you, or provide you with 
facilities for running those works, provided that you comply with the 
terms of this License in conveying all material for which you do not 
control copyright. Those thus making or running the covered works for 
you must do so exclusively on your behalf, under your direction and 
control, on terms that prohibit them from making any copies of your 
copyrighted material outside their relationship with you."

As I read that, it states that Bob can indeed send someone a copy "for 
the sole purpose of having them make modifications exclusively for you" 
and doing so would not cause Bob's modifications to become GPL'd (with 
the caveat that Bob's changes cannot be distributed by the other party, 
IOW this is no more a loophole than intra-corporate "distribution"). It 
isn't clear if sending a private copy under such terms for the purpose 
of debugging could qualify, but it seems to me one could make an 
argument for that.

Granted, the above text is from GPLv3 however (I didn't check if GPLv2 
is similar, although if Bob'd program is "v2 or later" I don't think it 

(I would TITTLL if it was on gmane :-(, not that Cygwin's LL seems 
particularly more appropriate than any other Cygwin forum. If anyone 
does TITTLL, please CC me.)

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