Quoting Ciaran O'Riordan (ciaran at fsfe.org):
> A discussion on the fsfe-uk list may have uncovered the reasons:
>http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/fsfe-uk/2007-07/msg00002.html>> The highlights:
>> According to BCS "under English law the GPL as written provides no right to
> run the software", which is a strange interpretation of the relevent part of
> the GPL, which says "The act of running the Program is not restricted".
A passing acquaintance with that country's common-law heritage suggests
that surely any lawful recipient of a piece of software should
automatically receive a common-law implied licence to run it.
> That said, I know guys in the BCS OSSG that are fairly clued in about free
> software, so I guess this just hasn't been discussed seriously or widely
> enough internally yet.
After reading the BCS OSSG mailing list thread, my impression is that
this is primarily the hobbyhorse of just one bloke.
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