Subject: Re: GNU and classified software
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 01:18:00 -0700
Wed, 16 May 2001 01:18:00 -0700
on Sat, May 12, 2001 at 04:42:48PM -0700, Crispin Cowan ( wrote:
> "Jonathan S. Shapiro" wrote:
> > > Why is it relevant whether or not the code is a work for hire when
> > > deciding whether giving it to the government is distributing it?
> >
> > If a GPL compiler is handed from one employee to another, it's not a
> > distribution -- its a transfer within a single legal entity.
> So here's an evil meme:  Dr. Crispie's Evil Proprietary GCC Club.
> Membership is $500/year.  Members get access to our private fork of
> GCC.  Members may not share code outside the organization, or they
> forfeit their membership.  Giving code from one member to another is
> not distribution -- its a transfer within a single legal entitity

...for use in DCEPGC business.

Transfer of software from the club to individual member (separate
legal entities), for use in a member's private (non-club) activities,
constitutes a distribution, with source distribution requirements.


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

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