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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: 14 Jun 2004 23:53:00 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Brian Gough wrote:
> [...]
> > the GPL is well tested
> By whom (and which interpretation)?

By the courts, and the FSF interpretation has not been overturned

> Attempts to extend the scope of share-alike reciprocation provision
> to the entire compilations (including some other preexisting and
> therefore necessarily nonderivative works) constitute misuse of the
> copyright.

No, they don't, since they are not covered by copyright.  The GPL
grants _additional_ rights.  Those can be restricted to persons
wearing a red cardboard nose if the licence issuer so desires.  Misuse
of copyright is trying to restrict the _natural_ rights _guaranteed_
to you by copyright if you acquire a copy.  Things like prohibiting
benchmarking and decompilation for making something run and so on.

> Feel free to license any rights that the statute would otherwise
> have reserved to you by default, but remember that there's NO
> exclusive right to prepare collective works and that the first sale
> doctrine applies to each and every lawful copy.

Sure.  To each lawful copy obtained under copyright rules.  You can
prepare a collective work with GNU software all you want to (copyright
gives you the right), but you may not redistribute copies of that
without explicit permission.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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