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Re: Licensing question about the BSD

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Licensing question about the BSD
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2005 20:46:43 +0200
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John Hasler <> writes:

> 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

Wrong.  You own the media, not the content.

> and may have a right to run them,

How would you have acquired that?

> but when the copyright owner sues you the court will order
> destruction of your copies

Because of the content to which you have no claim of ownership.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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