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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 14, 2002 06:37 AM
Just curious, but can a user waive their right to source code by signing a non-disclosure agreement?

Well, I guess technically, yes.. But once they do that, you don't have the right to give them a copy of the code. The GPL makes it clear that if the recipient doesn't have the right to distribute the source code, you can't give them the object code. As the GPL says:

You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein.

If you cannot distribute so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this License and any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you may not distribute the Program at all.

In other words: If the recipients can't copy the source code, you can't distribute the object code.


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