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Re: Freeness of licence for wwwcount?

"Joe Smith" <unknown_kev_cat@hotmail.com> wrote:
> [...] It has long been 
> held that private copying is not covered by copyright. (Think: making a 
> cassette tape from a cd).

Maybe you've just worded this badly, or maybe you're relying on
some specific place's laws, but my private copying is subject to
copyright law. If I am copying for private study, time-shifting,
or several other fairly narrow purposes (including making
a cassette tape for myself, I believe), my copying doesn't
infringe copyright.  That's not the same thing as not being
covered by copyright.

> Thus copyright has traditionally been viewed as 
> the exclusive right of the author to control distribution of newly made 
> copies (not yet distributed). First sale prevents the control of copies that 
> have already changed hands. Thus copyright only covers distribution.
> That would make the package free.

Consequently, I think this chain of reasoning is unsound. It
also seems to depend on first sale doctrine, which seems to
keep getting called into question too.

Is private modification safeguarded by the DFSG? I think so.
DFSG 1, 3 and 6 interaction.

My Opinion Only: see http://people.debian.org/~mjr/
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