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Re: gpl licensing

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: gpl licensing
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2006 07:47:37 -0600
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Rui Miguel writes:
> Well, but they work completely different from copyright,
> name-calling-Alexander...

> And from patents... which work in almost exactly the opposite form of
> trade secrets.

Patents, copyrights, and to a lesser extent trademarks are all
transferrable "rights against the world" and thus have enough of the
characteristics of property to be treated as a form of property by the law.
The only reason for classing trade secrets as intellectual property is that
the same lawyers deal with them as with patents etc.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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