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Re: Problem with GPLv3 FAQ about linking with Visual C++

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Problem with GPLv3 FAQ about linking with Visual C++
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 16:03:56 -0500
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On 2/8/2010 3:58 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Hyman Rosen wrote:
Erik Anderson registered copyright in BusyBox because
he is an author of some of it, and needed to register

"Some of it" being what, in contrast to "the author of the work"

By having written some parts of BusyBox, he has copyright
in the parts he has written, and may therefore sue for
infringement. If the defendants feel that his claim to be
"the author of the work" is disputable, they are free to
deny it and he will have to prove his claim. Co-authors
may choose not to pursue infringement claims, but they
cannot compel another co-author to give up his.

Not having studied the history of BusyBox development, I
am in no position to judge claims of ownership. Such claims
are irrelevant to GPL enforcement, except that GPL claims
can only be enforced by some rights holder (in the US).

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