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Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?
Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 12:24:38 +0200
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Kurt Häusler <> writes:

> On Sun, 08 Jul 2007 11:55:07 +0200, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Kurt Häusler <> writes:
>>> Now I wrote most of the code, and placed the copyright under
>>> ownership of the FSF.
>> How so?
> By leaving their name in the text of the gpl license file rather
> than say overwriting it with either my name or my employer's
> name. Which is standard practice right?

Sigh.  That makes the license remain copyrighted by the FSF, but does
not affect your software.  Without an explicit transfer of copyright
(and a legal step such as transfer of ownership requires _two_
consenting parties and can't be done unilaterally by writing some
stuff into a file), the copyright remains with the author.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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