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Re: Bye - Bye , open source derivative works litigation

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Bye - Bye , open source derivative works litigation
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:36:20 -0500
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On 2/10/2010 5:22 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Heck, are you seriously suggesting that the GPL doesn't intend to
"protect" user's rights indended to be equal to the developers rights
and that co-author's developer rights under the GPL are not equal rights
to the other co-author(s)

People who release code under the GPL grant others the
right to create derivative works and copy and distribute
those works provided that they are distributed under the
GPL. There is no basis for claiming that a person
releasing code under the GPL is volunteering to give
downstream authors joint copyright in the original work.
Indeed, the GPL, as a copyright license, enumerates the
only ways that another author may prepare and copy and
distribute derivative works outside of what copyright
law alone would permit, and since the GPL does not grant
such other authors joint copyright, they do not have it.

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