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Re: Some licensing questions regarding celestia

On Sun, 7 Sep 2003, Don Armstrong wrote:

>On Sat, 06 Sep 2003, Rick Moen wrote:
>> Assuming we're talking about USA jurisdictions: 17 USC 106 et seq.
>> enumerates rights reserved to copyright owners by default.  Others
>> are conveyed automatically to any lawful recipient of a covered work
>> -- the default licence implicit in copyright law.

>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;

	This paragraph clearly refers to distribution of _existing_
copies, not to creation of new ones. There explicitly mentioned the
"transfer of ownersip" of copies tangible medium....

>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.

	...and, therefore, all following speculations are

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