Interference between instances on MS-Windows

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Fri Jul 6 12:31:00 GMT 2007


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According to Dave Korn on 7/5/2007 10:30 AM:
>> Sending a copy of it to one support tech to
>> debug that vendor's library does not constitute distribution, AFAICT.
> 
>   Utterly comprehensively wrong.  Sorry.
> 
>   The only thing that "does not constitute distribution" is giving it to other
> individuals within your organisation; if I worked for the same firm as you,
> you could give me a binary without that conferring gpl rights on me, because
> basically it counts as keeping it private.

Although in GPLv3, there is a new clause in section 2 that does not have a
corresponding analogue in GPLv2:
"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."

IANAL, but perhaps you can use this to your advantage, by relicensing your
program under GPL3, before sending a copy to someone off-list willing to
debug it under your terms.  But certainly bring that up with a lawyer
before getting yourself into trouble (as I disclaim any bad results that
come if you violate the GPL as a result of reading this email).  Oh, and
I'm not willing to be the off-list recipient to do your debug work.

- --
Don't work too hard, make some time for fun as well!

Eric Blake             ebb9@byu.net
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