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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding

From: Wei Mingzhi
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 08:51:02 +0800
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> It is a contract, but one doesn't enter into the GPL contract as long
> as "copying, distribution, and modification" doesn't require a license.
> For example, 17 USC 109 allows distribution and 17 USC 117 allows
> copying and modification (adaptation).

Read it carefully...

The 17 USC 117 is about private modifications or private copies, and GPL does 
_not_ actually put any restrictions on that. Read RMS' comments on Apple 
Public Source License for details. And you still cannot release that modified 
version without copyright holder's permission...

> Adaptations so prepared may be transferred only with the authorization
> of the copyright owner. 

and the 17 USC 109 only talks about _physical_ media of the copyrighted 
material, it makes no sense to say it allows redistributions. The basic idea 
is that you can give your CD or book to anyone without restrictions.

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