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Re: GNU License, Again


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU License, Again
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 20:06:15 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> 
>> Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:
>> 
>> > "Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
>> > [...]
>> >>    So then why must it too be free, why must the license require that
>> >>    to be free?
>> >>
>> >> To keep things free, again, this was answered as well before.
>> >
>> > Man oh man, you're krank. Suppose he takes PUBLIC DOMAIN work and
>> > links it with the GPL'd work. Nobody can apply ANY copyright license
>> > to work in public domain.
>> 
>> You are confused.  Licenses apply to particular _copies_, not some
>
> Copyright licenses apply to work, idiot.

Copyright arises from works, licenses (which require copyright) apply
to copies.  Having the copyright to a particular work allows you to
license copies under a variety of different licenses under your
discretion, so it is clear that the license does not apply to the
work, but rather to the distributed copy.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum


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