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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 18:11:32 +0100

Peter Köhlmann wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> >
> > David Kastrup wrote:
> > [...]
> >> > They are correct Hymen. Section 2(b) is an *illegal* contractual
> >> > term.
> >>
> >> Just for the sake of playing with you: if that were a case, the legal
> >> document would be invalid.
> >
> > Dak, dak, dak. Are you still in Germany? Don't you know that resulting
> > from Harald Welte's "enforcement" actions in Germany, the courts ruled
> > that the GPL falls under
> Fine. You might try to present a link for that claim
> Posting a link to some courts decision which has obviously nothing to do
> with the GPL hardly counts as "evidence" of anything. Except for the
> suspicion that you are lying, again
> < snip unsupported claim >

The relevant part is (see page 11)

"Die Lizenzbedingungen des GPL sind als allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen
anzusehen, die einer Prüfung nach 305 ff. BGB unterfallen. Da die
Lizenzbedingungen des GPL ohne Weiteres im Internet abrufbar sind,
bestehen keine Bedenken, dass diese in das Vertragsverhältnis zwischen
den Urhebern und der Beklagten einbezogen wurden (§ 305 Abs. 2 Ziff. 2

"The conditions [terms] of the license granted under the GPL must be
regarded as standard terms and conditions that are subject to Sections
305 et seq. of the German Civil Code (BGB). Since the conditions of the
license granted by the GPL are easily available on the Internet, they
were without a doubt incorporated into the contractual relationship
between the authors and Defendant (Section 305, Subsection 2, No.2 of
the German Civil Code (BGB))."

Here's BGB § 305:
(Einbeziehung Allgemeiner Geschäftsbedingungen in den Vertrag)

Note the next paragraph (306):
(Rechtsfolgen bei Nichteinbeziehung und Unwirksamkeit)

"Sind Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen ganz oder teilweise nicht
Vertragsbestandteil geworden oder unwirksam, so bleibt der Vertrag im
Übrigen wirksam."


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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