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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:14:36 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Doug Mentohl <> wrote:
> flattie amicus Rjack wrote:

>> This is the central flaw of the GPL license. It attempts to secure the
>> exclusive rights of a modifying author who accepts GPL code by
>> attempting to force them to license their modifications "to all third
>> parties" under terms of the GPL. A "viral" public copyright license is
>> the very definition of copyright misuse.

> What you are engaged in here is a tautological inexactitude. A license 
> can't be simultaneously exclusive or applicable 'to all'.

Oh yes it can.  It can be simultaneously applicable 'to all'.  I think
that's know as a "pedantic inexactitude".  ;-)

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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