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Re: Red Hat pays $800,000 + costs for a patent deal

From: Linonut
Subject: Re: Red Hat pays $800,000 + costs for a patent deal
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 21:39:02 -0400
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* rjack peremptorily fired off this memo:

> 17 USC sec. 101 Definitions states:
> A "transfer of copyright ownership" is an assignment, mortgage,
> exclusive license, or any other conveyance, alienation, or
> hypothecation of a copyright or of any of the exclusive rights
> comprised in a copyright, whether or not it is limited in time or
> place of effect, but not including a nonexclusive license.
> See the "but not including a nonexclusive license" phrase?
> 17 USC sec. 201(d) is subtitled "Transfer of ownership" and thus is 
> utterly inapplicable to the nonexclusive GPL.
> Savvy now Kemo Sabay?


You may want to write a more complete opinion in legal venue.

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