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Re: EULAs and the DFSG

On Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 06:49:28PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:
> > On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 08:51:52AM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > > If I illegally acquire the program, I don't have usage rights, AIUI.
> > 
> > Under traditional U.S. copyright law (the DMCA notwithstanding), there
> > is no such think as "illegal acquisition".  Just tortious or illegal
> > distribution.
> Sure there is: for example, theft.  I believe there is case law on
> this point.

[/me returns from the broken-PC Land of No Return]

Sorry, I was thinking "illegal possession".  Declaring copyrighted
works contraband has pretty serious problems with the First Amendment.

G. Branden Robinson                |    Imagination was given man to
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    compensate for what he is not, and
branden@debian.org                 |    a sense of humor to console him for
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    what he is.

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