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Re: The draft Position statement on the GFDL

On Sun, May 09, 2004 at 09:01:54AM -0400, Michael Poole wrote:
> The exception is in 17 USC 117(a); it allows copying by the _owner of
> a copy_ if it is either "an essential step in the utilization of the
> computer program" or a backup copy.

Which, in the context of the GFDL covers a lot of ground (since anyone
can become an owner, and the question is what happens after the person
has lost copyright priviledges on copies they own).

There probably are scenarios where a reasonable person doing reasonable
things could get in trouble from the GFDL's overly broad statement about
technical measures on copying, but I've yet to see one that I consider
a clear problem.  Nor have I been sufficiently clever to think one
up myself.

The way I see it, if a person is going to get in trouble for using
technical measures to prevent other people from making copies of some GFDL
documentation there must be something systematic about this control --
random efforts and random effects don't seem to constitute control.


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