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From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: SFLC is SOL
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:09:43 -0000
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On 3/22/2010 3:56 PM, RJack wrote:
Just for once Hyman, try to read the Complaint. Andersen claims
(falsely) that he owns BusyBox, v.0.60.3 -- that's exactly what he
re4gistered with the Copyright Office. His claim to ownership of
BusyBox, v.0.60.3 is the *only* thing that gives the court jurisdiction
to hear infringement claims.

As a registered copyright holder of v.0.60.3 he is also a
copyright holder of all derivative works based on v.0.60.3.
If a defendant argues that they are copying and distributing
a later version, the plaintiff will simply register that one
with the copyright office. Defendant will then likely not be
liable for statutory infringement on that version, since it
was not registered when the infringement took place, but they
will be enjoined from continuing to copy and distribute it.

And actually, that's likely to have a sensitive dependence on
the judge, because some judges may decide that given the many
derivative works created through the routine process of computer
programming, having one version registered is enough.

In the instant case Erik Andersen wasn't even the original author of
BusyBox v.0.60.3.

There is no need to be an original author to hold copyright
in a work. He is the author of a derivative work of the original

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