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Re: GPL and other licences


From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 11:11:02 +0100

   A company employee is not free to do whatever he wants with company
   property (such as a software CD) that he needs for doing his job.

   He is not the rightful owner.

   If you are an employee of mine and get access to software in my
   possession for the purpose of job, you are not permitted to make
   copies for your private use.

If the license explicitly states so, yes.  But the GPL does not, so I
am allowed to make copies of GPLed software for my own private use.

This is where our opinions differ I think.

   A tangible copy _is_ property, and getting company-internal access
   to it does not grant you the rights connected with owning this
   property: namely copying its contents.

But the content isn't property!  The _medium_ that the content resides
on is.




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