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Re: A Free Software Inquiry regarding Nintendo DS

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: A Free Software Inquiry regarding Nintendo DS
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 17:47:44 +0100

Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> You *can* redistribute *your*copy* under first sale doctrine, but you
> can't redistribute *copies*of*your*copy* under first sale doctrine. 

Do you seriously want me to hit download button "sufficient" number of 
times? Hey, global warming, you know.

> That is Copyright.

You don't get it. Downloads aside for a moment, suppose I admit 
copying. You are not going to claim unauthorized copying on my 
part. All those copies are lawfully made thanks to your unilateral 
permission. Quoting Moglen: "The GPL, however, is a true copyright 
license: a unilateral permission, in which no obligations are 
reciprocally required by the licensor." The simple thing is that 
subsequent REdistribution doesn't violate your copyright (17 USC 
109) and hence just can't violate your copyright license no matter 
what it says and/or implies with respect to copyright law in the 
GNU Republic, so to speak.


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