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Re: LGPL reverse engineering clause & Java

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: LGPL reverse engineering clause & Java
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 13:01:08 +0100

David Kastrup wrote:
> > It's not a copyright violations to distribute lawfully made copies
> > that I own.
> Not?  So when I acquire a copy of Microsoft Windows, and make 50 legal
> backup copies of it, I can sell those copies again, and it is not a
> copyright violation?

Backup copies can be distributed along with non-backup copies 
from which backup copies were prepared. I'm not talking about 
backup copies.

> Are you sure about that?  Really, really, sure?  I would certainly not
> want to go out on a limb like that without you promising very solemnly
> that you are quite sure.
> > Thank you for your unilateral permission to make copies
> Oh, but it was a conditional permission with strings attached.  The
> GPL.


> > and for public availability of your work all over the net. I don't
> > need another permission to distribute from you in addition to "first
> > sale" limitation of your exclusive distribution right.
> First sale?  So what did you pay me to make this "first sale"?
>                                                                Would
> that also mean that if a newspaper has an online edition, I am free to
> take parts of their articles, claim them as my own and republish them,
> according to some first sale availability all over the net?


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