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Re: xchat is now shareware in windoze

Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com> writes:

> On Thu, 21 Oct 2004, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> If it were a compilation, that would be fine.  But in many cases --
>> including this one, I think -- it's not.  We have a license to the
>> original work from the original author, and to the derivative work
>> from the upstream.  But the original author also has a copyright on
>> the derivative work, and we have no license to it from him.
> The original author has a copyright on his work that is included in
> the derivative work, not a copyright on the derivative work itself.

I believe you are mistaken about this.  The original author has a
copyright which allows him to control the production and distribution
of derivative works.  Any grants he makes regarding the original work
are irrelevant to the derivative works.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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