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

From: thufir
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 23:56:05 GMT
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On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 20:45:15 +0200, David Kastrup wrote:

>> 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 buyer is the guy who walks in off the street and purchases the router 
(which run GPL'ed software)?

To my understanding, the buyer does have the right, under the GPL, to the 
source.  After, the GPL is targeted, you could say, at buyers to protect 
copyright owners.

If no buyer has rights to the source, then that would make the GPL 
pointless, which, I suppose is your argument?

>> 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.

That seems backwards in that, for example, the copyright holder might be 
dead, and lets say has no heirs and no will.


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