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Re: SCO laying an ambush for the GPL?


From: John Phillips
Subject: Re: SCO laying an ambush for the GPL?
Date: 19 Jul 2004 20:27:47 GMT
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In article <address@hidden>,
Jason Clifford wrote:
> If the GPL is declared unlawful or unenforcable the only person(s) having 
> any right to the software is the author(s) and anyone who chooses to 
> accept the terms as a contract.

Let me quibble. If the doctrine of copyright misuse is the reason the
GPL is declared unenforceable [1] then AIUI the copyright owners lose
their ability to enforce their rights (never mind the financial problems
of doing so anyway).  In effect this grants rights to others.

However I believe it remains true that no-one else can claim those
copyrights and enforce them over the copyright owners or others.

[1] I still think this is not likely.

-- 
John Phillips


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