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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar


From: Thufir Hawat
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 05:50:53 GMT
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On Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:26:56 -0500, amicus_curious wrote:


> "Hyman Rosen" <address@hidden> wrote in message
> news:address@hidden
>> amicus_curious wrote:
>>> You ignore the rather obvious fact that Verizon is distributing binary
>>> code for the routers from its own website to anyone and everyone who
>>> wants it without regard to the requirements of the GPL that this
>>> binary code be accompanied by the source that created it.
>>
>> Whether Verizon is incurring a GPL obligation depends on the fine
>> details of what it is doing, and who is considered to be doing the
>> copying when a person clicks on a URL in order to obtain software.
>> Since the URL contains the string "actiontec gateway" it's plausible
>> that the Verizon webserver contacts an Actiontec gateway in order to
>> get the software to the clicker.
>>
> Not plausible at all.  I am sure that Verizon obtained their copy of the
> binary files from Actiontec, but they are plainly sourced from the
> Verizon site.

Does the binary file which is being distributed reside on the verizon 
server?  If so, then Verizon would be required to make the source 
available upon request from a customer.  If the binary isn't on a Verizon 
server then Verizon has no obligations is the argument.

The fact that there's a link on verizon.com which causes this binary to 
download doesn't prove that the binary file is on a Verizon server.


-Thufir


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