Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Fri Sep 29 2006 - 08:56:51 EST


> > The reason a clause such as that will work is that people have no natural
> > right to redistribute Linux.
> Right. Any copyright license will basically say
> "You can distribute this assuming you do so-and-so"
> and a contract can actually extend on that and also limit you in other
> ways than just distribution, ie you can sat
> "You can buy this, but you cannot legally benchmark it"
> However, none of that actually extends your "derived work" in any way.

You are right, of course, but you can affect derived work by stuff
such as:

You may not copy Linux. As a special exception, you may
Linux if you never copied Tolstoy before.

That would probably work.... in cases like Tivo anyway.
Thanks for all the (sleeping) penguins.
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