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


From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Effect of transfer of copyright on free software licenses?
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 14:14:03 -0700
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Hyman Rosen <address@hidden> wrote:

> Tim Smith wrote:
> > I wonder how many open source projects provide a written instrument 
> > signed by the copyright owner?
> 
> The GPL <http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.html> says
>      All rights granted under this License are granted for the term of
>      copyright on the Program, and are irrevocable provided the stated
>      conditions are met.
> 
> A court would be presented with evidence that it is industry practice
> to distribute under such licenses without signatures, and given the
> statement of irrevocable grant, would find that the nonexclusive
> license prevails.

Industry practice overrides a statutory requirement for a signature?

-- 
--Tim Smith


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