Subject: Re: GNU and classified software
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 17:26:17 -0800
Mon, 26 Mar 2001 17:26:17 -0800
on Mon, Mar 26, 2001 at 09:15:44AM -0500, Ben (Ben
> Frank Hecker wrote:
> > Norbert Bollow wrote:
> > > However you are not allowed to take parts of the source code of
> > > GNU programs and adapt them for inclusion in classified
> > > software.
> >
> > I respectfully disagree. Based on my reading of it, the GPL does not
> > require that you make source code for derived works publicly available,
> > it requires only that you make the source code available to those to
> > whom you distribute the derived work...
> Is slipping spyware into an unsuspecting person's computer
> "distribution"?
> What if they never discover it? :-)

That's not quite so glib as you might think it is.

I had a brainwave some time back that foreign companies whose
communications were being intercepted by Echelon might seek suit against
the US Government under the DMCA anti-circumvetion laws.  While national
security is exempted, corporate and/or commercial interests are not.
This could be an interesting bit of caselaw.

Karsten M. Self <>
 What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?       There is no K5 cabal

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