Re: Some licensing questions regarding celestia
On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 01:46:35PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Mon, 08 Sep 2003, Richard Braakman wrote:
> > Um, you missed "or other transfer of ownership".
> I didn't see it being applicable to software licences in general.
It looks very general to me, covering all transfers of ownership like
> > 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.
> Sure, but we're generally not talking about sale or transfer of
> ownership in the context of free software licenses, because the
> license limits what you can do with your copy. That is, I often can't
> take my copy, modify it, and resell the binary to someone else like I
> could do with any other tangible copyrighted work.
Huh? That's a restriction imposed by copyright law, not by the license.
Unless you're talking about a modification-in-place, without making any
copies in the process. That's a very rare event when talking about
electronic media. Yes, you can draw funny pictures of RMS on the
tapes you bought from the FSF, and then resell them.