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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 16:25:07 -0400
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In article <>,
 Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:

> Barry Margolin wrote:
> [...]
> > this.  But that compilation is a copy, 
> A copy is component of that compilation.
> > not the original media that you purchased, 
> It doesn't need to be "original media" in the case of online 
> transactions. 

And that's where we disagree.  I don't see how the first sale doctrine 
can sensibly be applied if there's no physical object involved.  How can 
you tell the difference between the thing that was purchased (and may 
then be transfered to another party without any copyright implications) 
and some other copies that might have been made if there's no "thing"?

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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