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Re: More FSF hypocrisy

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: More FSF hypocrisy
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 09:16:33 -0400
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Rjack wrote:
Thank God Hyman finally admitted there are "rights holders" --
that's *PLURAL* (see the 's' in 'holders'?) as in "bilateral
parties". Maybe there's hope for Hyman after all.

I was actually referring to the many people who release under the
GPL, but of course combined works have many rights holders, the
individual authors who have contributed to the work. Each of those
authors individually, not bilaterally, under 17 USC 106, authorizes
the making and distribution of (possibly modified) copies of the
piece he himself controls provided certain conditions are met. When
the author of a combined work distributes the work as a whole under
the GPL, he may do this because he has the authorizations from each
author. That authorization comes from each author having licensed
his piece under the GPL or under a different license that permits
distribution under the GPL.

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