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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: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:37:28 -0400
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
Rjack wrote:
Professor Micheal Davis of Clevland State University Law School:
A unilateral grant of permission is a contract; we even have a
 > legal term for such a situation and it is, unsurprisingly, called
 > a unilateral contract.

Wikipedia says
    In a unilateral contract, only one party to the contract
    makes a promise.
    An offer of a unilateral contract may often be made to many
    people (or 'to the world') by means of an advertisement. In
    that situation, acceptance will only occur on satisfaction
    of the condition.
    In unilateral contracts, the requirement that acceptance be
    communicated to the offeror is waived. The offeree accepts by
    performing the condition, and the offeree's performance is
    also treated as the price, or consideration, for the offeror's

Which all sounds just like the GPL. We call the GPL a license to
emphasize its unilateral nature.

Which all sounds just like the GPL is indeed a contract doesn't it Hyman? Perhaps you could deny this fact and call the GPL a non-contractual contract.

Sounds good in theory.


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