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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 19:08:32 +0200
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John Hasler <> writes:

> I wrote:
>> "Finding it on some server" involves creating a copy on your
>> computer.  If you own the computer you own the copy.
> Implicit in my statement is that the server in question is
> publically accessible, and that the URL of the file in question is
> published there with no access controls.

Again: you'll find that publicly accessible servers have some
statement concerning the status of software downloadable from them.

> Clearly, publishing something on the Web grants an implicit license

Being in some manner accessible does not involve "publishing".

> to the public to make those copies necessary to view it: that's the
> whole point of the Web.

"the Web" consists of a lot of different protocols, and most people
don't have dedicated lines for private exchanges.

>> You'll find that selling any media or hardware (including a
>> complete computer) preloaded is not one of the rights somebody who
>> has hacked and downloaded a copy of anything onto his computer has
>> acquired in the process.
> We are not discussing copies acquired by cracking a server.
> Really.

So please give an example for some software which you consider
free-for-the-taking due to it being on some public server without any
notices concerning the legal status of the software.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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