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Re: What's the status of sourceless live linux distros?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: What's the status of sourceless live linux distros?
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2004 19:34:43 +0200

David Kastrup wrote:
> It does not matter whether it is "barred".  That would make the
> product covered by normal copyright law, not place it in the public
> domain.

Misuse of copyright aside for a moment (the penalty for 
copyright misuse -- unenforceability of the copyright in 
court until the misuse has been purged and its effects 
no longer exist -- is tantamount to losing the copyright), 
nobody's saying the GPL'd works are in the public domain. 
For example, derivative works of the GPL'ed original works 
remain under the GPL and only the GPL if one chooses to
license them to third parties.

> So the GPL can be as buggy as it wants to: if the user does not accept
> it, he is back to square one: normal use of a copyrighted work without
> any permissions over the default ones by law.

IOW, none (apart from fair use). Yeah, dream on.


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