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Re: Circumventing the GPL

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Circumventing the GPL
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 23:04:33 +0200
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Hyman Rosen <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> I recommend that you reread the thread and decide on who you call A and
>> who B.  It will make it easier for the judge to figure out things.
> Oops, I did mix them up. But in any case, there is
> no law of copyright that says that if I ask someone
> to develop software, even if I tell them the details
> of what I want, that I become the owner of the
> developed software.

You don't need to become the owner.  It is enough if you become
_responsible_.  If I pay somebody to drop a brick when I tell him, I
don't become legally untouchable if he happens to be the owner of the

> There is no law that prevents me from buying individual copies of the
> software. And there is a law in the U.S. that says I may resell those
> copies without any license.

Again: we have judges and not robots for interpreting the law.  The law
is just words.  The words carry literal meaning and intent.
Sidestepping the intent is not something that will make life easy for
you in the court.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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