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Re: Licensing question about the BSD

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Licensing question about the BSD
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2005 13:23:22 -0500
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I wrote:
> In the US that is not a grant of the GPL. Copyright law explicitly
> gives you the right to run any program you own a copy of.

David Kastrup writes:
> Where "own" means "lawfully acquired in an exchange of consideration from
> somebody with the right to offer the software".

I think you are confounding first sale with ยง 117.

> Copyright law does not give you the right to run programs you have stolen
> off a truck...

In that case you do not own them.  You merely possess them.

> ...or obtained by [cr]acking into a server.

In that case you do own the physical copies and may have a right to run
them, but when the copyright owner sues you the court will order
destruction of your copies and payment of damages.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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