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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 10:55:55 -0400
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Rjack wrote:
Certainly not the US Copyright Act of 1976 (as amended) that was
signed by President Gerald R. Ford. Perhaps the GNU Copyleft Act of
1989 as decreed by Emperor Richard M. Stallman.

US Copyright law states it exactly and plainly:
    <> Page 201
    § 201 · Ownership of copyright
    (c) Contributions to Collective Works.—
    ... In the absence of an express transfer of the copyright or of any
    rights under it, the owner of copyright in the collective work is
    presumed to have acquired only the privilege of reproducing and
    distributing the contribution as part of that particular collective
    work, any revision of that collective work, and any later collective
    work in the same series.

This tells you that the copyright owner of a collective work must acquire
the privilege of reproducing and distributing the components as part of
that work, and that such privilege is separate from other grants for those
components, past or future.

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