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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: 12 Jul 2004 12:23:00 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
> > But a "grantback" would imply that "A" is somewhat special in this
> > regard.  He isn't.  He has to get into line and beg or pay or look
> > around just like anybody else.  Put your brain on, Alexander.
> "A" (just like anybody else) just needs to get one single copy or
> written offer (from anyone who's in possession of it and is willing
> to give him a copy or transfer the offer) to have the rights granted
> exclusively to the copyright owner.

He is the original copyright owner of his own stuff, so he does not
need a grantback.  He does not receive the copyright to the changes,
however.  If, for example, some "B" has written some clever sorting
routine into the code which he then redistributes under the GPL,
nobody but B has the right to create non-GPL versions of the same
code when isolated from the work of A.

Again, A is in no prioritized position when compared to other people
with which B may choose to interact.  So the term "grantback" is
simply wrong.

> That's not how the copyright works, stupid.

Your standard behavior when you are running out of arguments.  So
predictable and pathetic.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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