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Re: GPL and other licences

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006 08:27:56 -0600
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David Kastrup writes:
> "internal use" is defined in corporate laws. 

It is not necessary to appeal to corporation law.  The same rules apply
whether you are acting as an employee of IBM or am employee of me.  An
employee is an agent and acts on behalf of and under the direction of his
employer.  He may gain temporary possession of property of his employer in
the course of his job but he does not gain any rights to that property.

There is a possible loophole here, though it is, I think, of little
significance: As part of your job you gain possession of a CD of GPL (or
other Free) software.  Without the knowledge or permission of your employer
you take the CD home and copy it onto a blank CD that you own.  if your
employer finds out he can fire you for this, but it seems to me that you
still own the copy you made and he can't take it away.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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