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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Isaac
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006 23:14:57 -0600
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On Sun, 05 Feb 2006 11:08:41 -0600, John Hasler <> wrote:
> I wrote:
>> 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.
> David Kastrup writes:
>> He can ask the court to have it turned over.
> The owner of the copyright might be able to as his copyright may have been
> infringed.  I'm assuming that he and the employer are different.  I don't
> think that the employer has any claim, though.  He still has his property
> and has recourse under employment law for his employee's action.

In a civil action, the employer might well be able to recovery any value that
you derive from the trespass or conversion of the employer's property.


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