Re: webmin license
Marc van Leeuwen <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> However, I recall reading in a message last week that a copyright licence
> cannot restrict the use of the copyrighted material,
There is not universal agreement about that. Some people argue that
running a program involves creating a copy of it in the computer's
RAM thus is subject to copyright. Those people are mostly lawyers
from the software industry, but that by itself does not invalidate
There is a section in the Danish copyright law which reads, "one who
has permission to use a computer program may make such copies as are
necessary to use it". It is contested whether that means that it is
enough to be in possession of a legally made copy or that it implies
that there is such a thing as a "permission to use a computer
program" -- which, supposedly, you have to get from the author.
I think the section is based on a EU directive, so similar wording
may be in effect in France.
> So isn't the remind copyright legally void?
I don't think so. (Never mind that the *copyright* cannot be void
unless the author has been misidentified or it expires; the thing
that might be invalidated is the *license* or parts of it).
Henning Makholm "Panic. Alarm. Incredulity.
*Thing* has not enough legs. Topple walk.
Fall over not. Why why why? What *is* it?"