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Re: Circumventing the GPL

From: rjack
Subject: Re: Circumventing the GPL
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 13:28:15 -0400
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Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
Rjack <> writes:
What is "controversial" or unproven about 17 USC sec. 301 of the Copyright

Exactly. It exists, and no one in a position to act is claiming that it makes the GPL invalid or not work like FSF claims it works.

The SFLC is in a position to act -- all they have to to do is refrain from
voluntarily dismissing one of their silly lawsuits and let a judge review their
claims on the merits.

If that law impacted the GPL, there would be controversy. There's none, so it doesn't.

No controversy eh?
Googling { GPL preempted }, I get 10,100 hits.
Free Softies certainly wear efficient blinders.


"In light of their facts, those cases thus stand for the entirely unremarkable
principle that 'uses' that violate a license agreement constitute copyright
infringement only when those uses would infringe in the absence of any license
agreement at all."; Storage Technology Corp. v. Custom Hardware Engineering &
Consulting, Inc., 421 F.3d 1307 (United States Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit 2005).

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