[vlc-devel] vlc: Windows install and GPL dialog box - unfortunate "I agree" button

xxcv xxcv07 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 02:43:59 CET 2009

Jari Aalto wrote:
> ""=?iso-8859-1?q?R=E9mi?=" Denis-Courmont" <rem at videolan.org> writes:
>> On Friday 27 March 2009 23:39:35 Jari Aalto wrote:
>>>> We need to present the disclaimer of warranty... which is part of the
>>>> license. We don't want to end up being sued for breaking someone's else
>>>> computer.
>>> Please read my post. The dialog can be presented, it's the button text
>>> that needs change. Simply make it say:
>>>     [Next]
>>> Instead of:
>>>     [I agree]
>>> As done in the links I presented.
>> The user must agree to the disclaimer. If not, (s)he has no copyright license, 
>> and is hence not allowed to use the software. I do not see a problem here.
> Incorect interpretation. GPL is not EULA. GPL'd software cannot be
> denied from any use.
> The GPL gives rights, it does not take or restrict rights, thus it
> cannot be denied or agreed on. E.g. the installation cannot be stopped
> or prohibited by the program whether the user denies or agrees with the
> GPL. The installation phase has no legal meaning in context of GPL,
> because GPL'd software can be installed by other means, like from
> sources, where there is no click'n'tru to see the license. The license
> is distributed *with* the software, not *for* the user.
>     the authors of the GPL claim it is NOT a contract, but rather a
>     grant/license.
>     http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.devel.legal/20469/focus=20510
> GPL is copyright act. The contract does not happen between the
> clicker/End used and the Dialog box / Software Authors. It does not
> matter whatever text, like "I agree" is presented there.
> It is ok to make user aware of the terms the software is distributed
> under, especially that it gives *him* certain rights. Therefore the
> simple button text:
>     [Next]
> It all that is needed.
> The "I agree" is misleading in any case. It does not have any legal
> substance. It does not protect the developers any more than a "I'm happy
> today" button. GPL already does that by itself when it is distributed
> *with* the software, even when user would not see it.
Lets put it this way "I agree" probably means users should acknowledge 
that this
IS FREE software and blah blah ... or it can mean I agree that this 
piece of software
is GPL.
It depends on how you would interpret "I agree"...

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