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Re: GPL misappropriation


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL misappropriation
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:10:23 -0000

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.

Non-exclusive licensees can NOT sublicense no matter what the license
says.

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.

regards,
alexander.

P.S. "I'm insufficiently motivated to go set up a GNU/Linux system 
so that I can do the builds."

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P.P.S. "Of course correlation implies causation! Without this 
fundamental principle, no science would ever make any progress."

Hyman Rosen <address@hidden> The Silliest GPL 'Advocate'

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