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Re: Effect of transfer of copyright on free software licenses?


From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Effect of transfer of copyright on free software licenses?
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 18:51:16 -0500
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Tim Smith writes:
> Do you now have something to worry about if the copyright assignee wishes
> to stop you from copying, modifying, and distributing the software?

A new owner can no more revoke the license than you could.

> The GPL is meant to be a bare license, not a contract, but doesn't that
> mean it provides no protection if the ownership of the work changes?

It is a license to do certain things with the work, not a contract with a
specific person.

If I sell you an easement permitting you to run a cable across my land and
then sell the land can the new owner tell you to take out your cable?  Of
course not.
-- 
John Hasler 
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Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA


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