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Re: A possible GFDL compromise

David B Harris <david@eelf.ddts.net> writes:

> Less likely, though I certainly wouldn't say it's impossible, is a judge
> ruling that without providing electricity, a working computer with a CD
> reader, and a technician to operate it and read the words aloud,
> distributing the documentation on a standard ISO9660 CD is in violation
> of the license.
> (Yes, the above is a deliberately silly example. It's obsurd. If a judge
> did maintain that position, we would all think the judge is nuts. But
> there are judges that are nuts when it comes to technology - a LOT of
> them. The example is meant to show a flaw in the GFDL.)

Actually, isn't there a complicated set of trademark and patent claims
preventing manufacture of a CD reader without paying money to Phillips
and some trade organizations?  This may not be that ridiculous.


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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