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Re: GNU License, Again

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU License, Again
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 20:06:15 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>> > "Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
>> > [...]
>> >>    So then why must it too be free, why must the license require that
>> >>    to be free?
>> >>
>> >> To keep things free, again, this was answered as well before.
>> >
>> > Man oh man, you're krank. Suppose he takes PUBLIC DOMAIN work and
>> > links it with the GPL'd work. Nobody can apply ANY copyright license
>> > to work in public domain.
>> You are confused.  Licenses apply to particular _copies_, not some
> Copyright licenses apply to work, idiot.

Copyright arises from works, licenses (which require copyright) apply
to copies.  Having the copyright to a particular work allows you to
license copies under a variety of different licenses under your
discretion, so it is clear that the license does not apply to the
work, but rather to the distributed copy.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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