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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 16:16:32 -0400
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
That bit of the law doesn't allow to hack the program
you've cracked, though.

No, as I've said, the part of the law that does is this:
    <> Page 69
    Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, it is not an
    infringement for the owner of a copy of a computer program to
    make or authorize the making of another copy or adaptation of
    that computer program provided:
    (1) that such a new copy or adaptation is created as an
    essential step in the utilization of the computer program in
    conjunction with a machine and that it is used in no other

You've already been quoted a court case that gives enormous latitude
to which changes may be considered "essential", and that latitude
includes adding new functionality.

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