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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Comment 1548

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Comment 1548
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 20:19:44 +0200

It's about recent draft 2.

Comment 1548: how does "privately" bind?

Regarding the text: run privately modified
In section: gpl3.basicperms.p1.s1
Submitted by: sepreece on 2006-08-01 at 19:42 EDT
1 agree: crosbie
noted by sepreece on 2006-08-01 at 19:42 EDT:

    Does this phrase mean "run privately" or does it mean "privately

noted by crosbie on 2006-08-02 at 09:40 EDT:

    Good point.

    How about this: "...permits you to privately reproduce or modify the
program, or have others do so on your behalf, and to publish the
reproduced or modified program"

    Incidentally, I do not believe copyright has any jurisdiction over
the use to which you put a set of instructions, whether privately or
publicly. That is the remit of software patents. Perhaps the license
should separate into different sections the removal of restrictions
granted by copyright and the removal of potential restraints granted by
the licensor's software patents?

    I just wonder if it might actually help people appreciate precisely
how the freedoms granted by the GPL correspond to each legal/technical
mechanism that contrives their removal from the public, e.g. this
section undoes copyright, this one patents, this one the DMCA and TPMs,
this one DRM, this one trademarks, this one separate
contracts/additional terms, and this one hardware.

He he.

The GPL undoes everything... starting from laws and ending with
hardware... in the GNU Republic, that is.


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