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Re: Effect of transfer of copyright on free software licenses?

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Effect of transfer of copyright on free software licenses?
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:29:25 -0400
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
Alexander Terekhov wrote:
why did Eben Moglen want to (ab)use 205(e) in Cyber Patrol

He's also worried about the "receive a license from the original
licensors" clause creating a new license each time the work is
copied and transmitted, and those new licenses being affected by
the transfer. It's all going to be really murky until some court
decides a dispute.

Uhhhh... what's murky?

"ยง 106. Exclusive rights in copyrighted works.

Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this
title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the
following: ... "

The terms "the owner" and "exclusive rights" aren't murky. It's
obvious *only* the owner (and no one else) can grant a new license.
If you transfer ownership, only the new owner is authorized by law to
issue a new license. No new forks or modifications allowed without
permission. I doubt any new owner would care about prior use of any
old licensed (but immutable) code.


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