Re: Some licensing questions regarding celestia
On Sun, Sep 07, 2003 at 01:49:12AM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> 17 USC 106 (3) lists four ways for a copy to be distributed.
> 106. Exclusive rights in copyrighted works:
> Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under
> this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of
> the following:
> (3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work
> to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by
> rental, lease, or lending;
> Rental and lending are pretty much out of scope for software, licenses
> preclude sale, so what we're pretty much only discussing lease of the
> software, subject to the terms of the license.
Um, you missed "or other transfer of ownership". The recipient
gains ownership of a copy (and sometimes this is an actual sale,
where money changes hands), and gets a license to make and
distribute further copies under certain conditions.