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Re: GPL misappropriation


From: RJack
Subject: Re: GPL misappropriation
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:10:25 -0000
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David Kastrup wrote:
Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

David Kastrup wrote: [...]
http://www.lehrer-online.de/dyn/bin/366209-369076-1-uebertragung_von_nutzungsrechten.pdf


"Inhabern ausschließlicher Nutzungsrechte vorbehalten

Die Einräumung von Unternutzungsrechten ist allerdings dem
Inhaber eines ausschließlichen Nutzungsrechtes vorbehalten (§
31 Abs. 3 UrhG); einfache Nutzungsrechte berechtigen
demgegenüber nicht zur Einräumung von Unternutzungsrechten."
So where is the problem?  It says that giving somebody "right to
use" is
Under the German copyright act ONLY EXCLUSIVE LICENSEES CAN SUBLICENSE.

Wrong. You still don't get it. Exclusive licensees _automatically_ receive the right to sublicense. A non-exclusive licensee does not _per_ _se_ have the right to sublicense. But if the license terms _grant_ him sublicensing possibilities, he can certainly make use of him.

You can license people to exercise almost any right you have, except
for _personal_ rights, those bound to the originator.  Like the claim
of authorship.

For example, the MIT License

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php

"the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense,"

is VOID regarding sublicensing under the German law.

_Exactly_ because non-exclusive licensees do not get the right to sublicense automatically, these terms are granting something which
the licensee otherwise could not do.

You are getting it backwards.



Substitute the words "tranfer of contractual interest" for "sub-license"
so that you will no longer sound utterly confused DAK.

Are you having a problem understanding the concept of "transfer of
contractual interest" when it concerns a non-exclusive copyright license?

Sincerely,
RJack :)



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