Subject: Re: termless copyright and patents
From: <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 03:42:22 +0900

Ben Tilly writes:

 > In my eyes, putting software on a computer and shipping that computer
 > to a customer is a form of distribution, and it would be against the
 > GPL for a third party to charge for distributing the software in that
 > fashion.

I agree on both counts.

 > But this kind of distribution is one of the items that Larry has
 > explicitly said they would look to collect money for.

I'm hoping Larry will realize the error of his ways on this one.
However, it may simply be impossible to make a useful legal
distinction between "embedded" and "pre-installed" software.