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Re: Intellectual Property II

From: Isaac
Subject: Re: Intellectual Property II
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 09:05:16 -0600
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On Sat, 11 Feb 2006 23:27:50 +0100, Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
> Isaac wrote:
> [...]
>> It's not a mistake.  Preaching the gospel of first sale according to 
>> Alexander
>> appears to be a life mission.
><quote authors=Jeffrey Siegal, Isaac>
>>What about the first sale doctrine? Indeed, if users own their own
>>copies, including binary copies, of the software, than those users can
>>transfer those copies without complying with the GPL's requirements as
>>to source code access.
> Interesting. I really hadn't thought about that and my attempts
> to digest the implications on the fly are making my head hurt.
> I can't resolve the problems introduced by first sale without
> either making the user of GPL'd code a non owner or deciding
> that users really can transfer their copies, no matter what the
> GPL says.
> Gotta think about this.  Kinda makes my whole argument moot
> if GPL users are really licensees.  <g>
> Isaac

The implications you draw from first sale go way beyond this Alexander.

In any event, we've discussed ways of resolving this particular conundrum
in  Your pretense that the quoted statement is my last word
on the topic is quite disingenuous.  I have not found you that way in the


> regards,
> alexander.

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