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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Lee Hollaar
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 12:22:17 +0000 (UTC)

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.

You don't have to avoid anything.  As the owner of a copy of the
computer program, you have an absolute privilege to make the copies
and derivative works, without the permission of the copyright owner
and even if the copyright owner disapproves.

United States copyright law isn't just first sale or fair use.  There
are a number of specific exceptions, and one (Section 117) limits
the exclusive rights of a computer program copyright owner.

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