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Re: LGPL reverse engineering clause & Java

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: LGPL reverse engineering clause & Java
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 13:53:03 +0100
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:

>>>>>> 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?

>>>> Well, I don't need to call them backup copies.  According to you I
>>>> have some right to lawfully make copies, for whatever reason, and
>>>> distribute them.

>>>> What gives me that right?

>> > First sale (aka copyright exhaustion) doctrine.
>> Fine.  Tell that to Microsoft's legal department.  It will come as a
>> surprise to them, no doubt.

This is not exactly about a ruling that you can make an arbitrary
number of copies that you then resell.  It is about requiring
resellers to only bundle "OEM versions" of Microsoft with computers.

This is the last time I look into a link you specify since you are
obviously not even reading yourself what you cite, and there is little
point in exerting more labor than you do.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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