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Re: "GPL requirement could have a chilling effect on derivativedistros"

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: "GPL requirement could have a chilling effect on derivativedistros"
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 23:09:59 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> >> Yes, and a preparatory step for creating a CD can hardly be called a
>> >> preservational measure.
>> >
>> > I don't see why.
>> Because it is a copy on the way to a CD.
> But it may not end up on a CD unless I "prepare archival copies of it 
> to guard against destruction or damage by mechanical or electrical 
> failure" <>.
>> > A CD may have a defect and/or burner can go kaputt right at 99%. Hey
>> > dak, even Time Warner got it right.
>> But rechristening the archival CD afterwards as something you can sell
> No. CD is not archival. The initial download is archival and it
> won't be retained after... "The sale of a copy of a program by a
> rightful possessor to another must be of all rights in the program,
> thus creating a new rightful possessor and destroying that status as
> regards the seller." (comtu6)

I am afraid that your interpretation of a twisty little maze of things
that are created for one purpose and retained for another is not going
to enthuse a court.

Again, the business of a court is not hide-and-seek and semantic

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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