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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Bernd Jendrissek
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 14:05:38 +0000 (UTC)
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In article <85wtg2uadr.fsf@lola.goethe.zz> David Kastrup <>
>The GPL can only give the owner of a copy rights.

What if I, as a homeless vagrant scouring the city dump for cool stuff,
some across a three-year-old CD with a bunch of GNU packages on it?

I assume such a copy is legally acquired, even if the CD might have
originally been stolen by a burglar only to be discarded later.

The copyright holder is still the FSF, and it is only the FSF which can
grant me a licence to certain uses of the copy I have.

If I am instructed by my employer to use some piece of GPLed software on
my home PC (I wonder if such an instruction is lawful - probably), then
using the software necessarily entails making an incidental copy that
resides on my own hard disk and in my RAM, perhaps even on my (personal)
USB flash disk.

Is this incidental copy sufficient to trigger a unilateral grant of the
GPL from the copyright holder to me?  I am, after all, the legal owner
of that (incidental but nevertheless real) copy.  Right?  Wrong?  WTH???

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