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The Register: The GPL Will Win, Claims Law Prof.

Aug 20, 2003, 18:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"According to the Wall Street Journal, an attorney for SCO, Mark Heise, said the company would contest that the users and distributors of GPL licensed software were permitted to make copies. He based this on a reading of the Copyright Act which allows licensees of computer software to make one copy for backup or archival purposes.

"'It seemed to me,' Moglen told us on Saturday, 'the responsible thing is to ask if he'd even said such a thing.' Moglen says he emailed Heise to check if he had been misquoted. Why?

"'It's moonshine! The Copyright Act doesn't set limitations on what the copyright holder can do. But because you can make one copy, that doesn't mean there's no way you can make multiple copies. The wording is crystal clear. It is not an infringement...'"

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