Subject: RE: Automatic GPL termination
From: "Philippe Verdy" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 18:20:12 +0200

 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 18:20:12 +0200
No: if indirect users were sublicensees, their rights would immediately
disappear along with the distributor license termination.

With the termination, the indirect GPL licences returns to the state they
should have been since the beginning: from the authors directly to users.
Distributors are not allowed to add or remove conditions.

There's NO sublicensing in the GPL. And this is a BIG difference. The result
is definitely NOT the same. This minimizes the damages for other users. All
the damages are then to be supported by the distributor even after if
licence termination.

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Lawrence Rosen []
> Envoyé : mercredi 12 septembre 2007 17:41
> À : verdy; 'dlw';
> Objet : RE: Automatic GPL termination
> Philippe,
> How does this differ from a sublicensing regime, where the license or its
> sublicenses are terminable upon the failure of the licensee to obey
> license
> conditions?
> Direct license or sublicense, the result is the same, particularly if the
> license is written properly.