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Re: The GPL and Patents: ROFL


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: The GPL and Patents: ROFL
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:00:14 -0000
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RJack <address@hidden> writes:

> On 8/20/2010 2:22 AM, David Kastrup wrote:
>> RJack<address@hidden>  writes:
>>
>>> On 8/19/2010 5:18 PM, Hyman Rosen wrote:
>>>>
>>>> The GPL is a copyright license, granting additional rights
>>>
>>> Are those additional rights that the GPL grants "In Personam"
>>> (contract rights) or "In Rem" (property rights)? I thought Article
>>> I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution gave
>>> Congress the power to grant new copyrights.
>>
>> What use would a right be if you could not use it as leverage?  You
>> can't do that if you have nothing to offer.
>>
>
> How is your assertion relevant to my question?

If only congress is allowed to grant any right, there is no such thing
as a license (which is a grant of rights from someone who has them).

-- 
David Kastrup


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