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Re: About first sale doctrine

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: About first sale doctrine
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 10:28:27 -0400
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Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
I can't follow all the mails on this list, but just to distill the
discussion down: Is someone on this list claiming after Company X sells a
source+binary copy of some GPL'd software to Buyer Y, that, in the USA,
Buyer Y can then pass on or resell the binary (without the source) without
being bound by the requirements of the GPL?

Is that the essence of the argument?

Yes, precisely. Under the first sale doctrine, you may resell
or otherwise dispose of a legally acquired copy of a copyrighted
work. Permission from the copyright owner is not required.

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