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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: 18 Jun 2004 14:43:27 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50 (Lee Hollaar) writes:

> In article <> Stefaan A
> Eeckels <> writes:

> >Care to explain how you manage to avoid making copies
> >or derivative works from your first sale copy?
> If you are the lawful owner of a copy, which you are if you have
> permission to download and save the file, then you get to make any
> copy that is essential to the use of the computer program on a
> machine, and adapt (make derivative works) as necessary.

Wrong.  If you become the lawful owner of a copy by an act of
_acquisition_, for an exchange of consideration (which may be as small
as adhering to the conditions of the GPL, or as large as paying a
download fee for the particular item in question), _then_ you get all
the rights that the copyright laws guarantee you for _that_ case.

If you are granted some rights of access unilaterally, without any
recompensation of yours in return, then you can only do what you are
given license to.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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