Re: the FSF's GPLv3 launch conference
On 1/8/06, Alexander Terekhov <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 1/7/06, Andrew Donnellan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > <sarcasm>That would be *really* easy to do.</sarcasm> To relicense the
> > entire GPL codebase would mean every contributor to every GPL project
> > would have to agree, possibly in writing. There are thousands, maybe
> > millions of them.
> If they don't mind quasi public domain... which is even better as far as
> I'm concerned.
> > And FSF is really likely to want to retire the GPL. Just note that the
> > sections of the copyright act you have quoted allow you to copy for
> > lawful purposes, and to sell your original copy *on the condition that
> > you dispose of it*.
> What "original copy" and "the condition" are you talking about? In order
> to sell/dispose/distribute (as I see fit), I only have to be "the owner
> of a particular copy or phonorecord lawfully made" under copyright law.
> 17 USC 109. A copy can be "lawfully made" if it is made by the copyright
> owner, made with the authorization of the copyright owner (explicit or
And that's what the GPL gives you.
> implicit), or made under one of the exceptions to the copyright owner's
> exclusive rights.
> > Only the GPL gives you the right to sell copies
> > *you* have made.
> That may be true in the GNU Republic. How's the weather over there?
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