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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 23:15:23 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> Not at all.  He can still _fully_ assert his copyright on those parts.
>> That means he can demand that recipients _obey_ his license terms
> Hey stupid dak, "_obey_ his license terms" is a contract claim, not
> copyright infringement.  And "assert his copyright" means suing
> strangers/non-licensees for copyright infringement.  The lisensor's
> covenant/obligation in any copyright license is: not to sue for
> copyright infringement. Is it really so hard to grasp?

Uh, Alexander?  Reality check.  It is his copyright which lets him sue
for compliance of the license terms.  If he had no copyright, no
license or contract or whatever else could be asserted without a
written and undersigned statement of the recipient.

So whether you want to call it "contract claim" or "copyright
infringement claim", the only thing that makes _either_ hold is the
actual copyright.  And that is meant by "assert his copyright".

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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