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Re: Circumventing the GPL

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Circumventing the GPL
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:09:35 -0400
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John Hasler wrote:
Yes, copyright owners can give up some rights:
> the one in your example has done so.

He has not.

He has also sold his right to distribute source
> to the buyer of the copies.

He has not.

He no longer can distribute source: he sold that right.

He did not.

The person who has purchased the copy...
...Has also purchased the exclusive right to distribute
> the source and is therefor one of the copyright owners.

He has not and he is not.

I don't know where you're getting this stuff. The manufacturer
sells copies of software to a reseller, in full compliance with
the GPL, shipping binaries and source. He has not sold any
"rights". The reseller has not bought any "rights". He may do
only what copyright law allows - he may choose to distribute
under the GPL, or he may choose to distribute under first sale.

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