This question occurred to me as a result of Stephen Kitt's comment below my recent post, How to properly display the Copyright information in the User Interface or product documentation?
“By using gifscroll”... That paragraph goes against the GPL, specifically, section 9 of GPL v3
refers to part of the gpl-related comment block in my code reading:
* By using gifscroll, you warrant that you have read, understood * and agreed to these terms and conditions, and that you possess the legal * right and ability to enter into this agreement and to use gifscroll * in accordance with it.
And after checking out section 9,
You are not required to accept this License in order to receive or run a copy of the Program. Ancillary propagation of a covered work occurring solely as a consequence of using peer-to-peer transmission to receive a copy likewise does not require acceptance. However, nothing other than this License grants you permission to propagate or modify any covered work. These actions infringe copyright if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by modifying or propagating a covered work, you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so.
I'd agree with Stephen's comment. But the gist of that section sounds (to me, at least) like some Alice-in-Wonderland logic...
It's a license that grants you some rights (in this case "to receive or run a copy of the program") even if you don't accept the license. But if you don't accept the license in the first place, you wouldn't be appealing to the rights and permissions it does or doesn't grant you. You certainly can't be saying, in the same breath, that both (a)I don't accept this license, and (b)this license grants me permission to...
So what the heck is the purpose of this "even if you don't accept" clause in section 9? If you don't accept the license, then you don't care what it says, period. They're nevertheless presumably trying to accomplish something or other with that section 9. But what, exactly? And then I'd think (or hope) they could accomplish their intended purpose in a more sensible-sounding way.