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Re: More FSF hypocrisy

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: More FSF hypocrisy
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:01:33 -0400
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
Rjack wrote:
Uhmmmmm. No 17 USC 103(b)?

17 USC 103(b) is irrelevant to the GPL. That section of the law refers to the copyrights that the creator of a combined work gets on the part of the work that is his alone, and that this added copyright does not affect the duration of the copyright of the existing material.

The ORIGINAL and MODIFYING authors BOTH waive their exclusive copyrights in the work "as a whole" in order to distribute. It's a bilateral contract.

It's not a bilateral contract, and no one (in the case of the
GPL) is . Each author, independently acting under 17 USC 106,
authorizes the making and distribution of copies of the work he
owns provided certain conditions are met. When the author of the
combined work licenses it as a whole under the GPL, he can do
this because the license of each piece, created by the author of
that piece, permits him to do so.


What do you think "authorizes the making and distribution of copies"
is called in legal terms? It is called "waiving their exclusive rights".


Try thinking before you push the keys.

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