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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 11:39:05 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
> [...]
>> royalties, or a license fee). If you come to such an agreement, you can
>> distribute the combined work under another license (or no license at
>> all, in which case standard copyright provisions would apply).
> Eeckels, Eeckels. No license is needed to "distribute combined work" 
> under 17 USC 117 and 17 USC 109. I mean addition exact copies (e.g. 
> copies of "library" programs inside "executables" or whatever 
> containers and aggregations like jars or whatnot) made under 17 USC 
> 117 and distributed along with "originals" (e.g. downloaded, implied 
> license to save bandwidth aside for a moment) under 17 USC 109.
>    Any exact copies prepared in accordance with the provisions of 
>    this section may be leased, sold, or otherwise transferred, along 
>    with the copy from which such copies were prepared, only as part 
>    of the lease, sale, or other transfer of all rights in the program.
> And contu6 elaborates: "[t]he 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. This is in accord with the intent of that portion 
> of the law which provides that owners of authorized copies of a 
> copyrighted work may sell those copies without leave of the copyright 
> proprietor.50 ... 50 17 U.S.C. ยง 109".

That does not give you the right to create _new_ copies.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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