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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: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:18:52 -0700
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Hyman Rosen <address@hidden> wrote:

> Rjack wrote:
> > You're missing the point. The GPL's goal is to purportedly replicate
> > licenses "downstream" to all third parties. It is not possible for the
> > holder of a non-exclusive license (a non-owner) to grant a *new*
> > license downstream.
> 
> <http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.html>
>      Each time you convey a covered work, the recipient
>      automatically receives a license from the original
>      licensors, to run, modify and propagate that work,
>      subject to this License.

That license comes from the copyright owner, not the non-exclusive 
licensee who conveys the work. That's why only the copyright owner has 
standing to sue over a GPL violation.

-- 
--Tim Smith


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