[Fwd: Re: GPL and NDA]
nelson at crynwr.com
Wed Aug 1 15:58:06 UTC 2001
Randy Kramer writes:
> Let's say I create such a derivative work, and I don't GPL it. But I
> leave it somewhere (accidentally, with no malice aforethought) where
> somebody else finds it, with no copyright or GPL notice. Now they take
> it and use it as is or create a derivative work, and distribute it as a
> closed source program.
> What is the status in a case like that?
They are infringing on your copyright. You have not given them
permission to copy the program; therefore they have none. They may
use the copy that they got from you (if they did so legally) but
without copy rights, they cannot give a copy to anyone else.
-russ nelson <sig at russnelson.com> http://russnelson.com
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