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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 20:45:15 +0200
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thufir <> writes:

> On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 08:11:33 +0200, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Yes, but it is not a right of the buyer, but a right of the copyright
>> owner that this happens.  So the buyer can't sue, he can just notify the
>> copyright owner.  If the copyright owner can't be bothered, the buyer is
>> pretty much out of options.
>> That is the reason that the FSF wants copyright assignments to
>> contributions for important GNU software.
> Wouldn't the buyer notify either the retailer, or, preferably, the 
> manufacturer?

Sure, he can do that.

> Might there not be multiple copyright owners?


> I don't see why their participation is required, it's between the
> buyer and the manufacturer.

No.  The buyer has no rights derived from copyright law since he is not
the copyright owner.

> The manufacturer is distributing binaries, so must make the source
> available to its customers.

Yes, but it is not the customer who can enforce this.  The manufacturer
has an obligation to the copyright owner to make the source available to
his customers.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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