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Are you allowed to share anything under GPL?

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  1. saber210

    saber210 Supreme Member

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    I just want to ask if you are allow to share softwares that uses GPL?

    Does this fall under copyright terms?

    Thanks!
     
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    saber210 Supreme Member

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    I just want to up my question.. :)

    Thanks!
     
  3. Rext_

    Rext_ Newbie

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    If you read the GPL you would know :p

    "When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price."
    While you don't have to pay for a lot of software released under the GPL it doesn't mean you can share everything.
    What the GPL basically does is allow you to release software which allows other people to build on.
    In turn it's their responsibility to release the source code for anything they used this software for.
    You can't restrict anyone from using the original software to it's fullest. For example, say you where to build your own version of a playstation and to read blurays you downloaded some source code released under the GPL.
    Now you wouldn't be allowed to block the playback of movies if the software you downloaded allows this. On top of that you're forced to release your implementation of that software.

    If you pay for software released under the GPL than what you're paying for is either someone modifying existing work to your needs or putting a few of the things together to make it do what you want.

    In short, the GPL doesn't give you the right to just share everything that uses the license.
     
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