Open source shareware?

Chris Gehlker gehlker at
Fri Nov 9 16:07:20 UTC 2001

On 11/9/01 4:06 AM, "John Cowan" <cowan at> wrote:

> Chris Gehlker scripsit:
>> As someone with some code on Open Source disks I'm afraid I can't agree.
>> They may own the media. They may own the very generous rights that I granted
>> them in the license. They certainly own any improvements that they may have
>> made to the original program. But the original program is still mine.
> You are still the *copyright owner*.  But the particular *copy* belongs to
> the purchaser of the disk -- after all, the ocpy is *on* the disk.
> It's like buying a book.  When you buy a book (copy), you own that
> copy, and you can use it for anything you want (except that you can't
> hang the pages of it in your art gallery, because that is public display).
> The copyright of the book of course remains with the author or publisher.

I realize now that you were talking about owning the media. It brings up an
interesting question. If I were to buy Win XP and let in register itself to
my computer, is there some way to unregister it so I can sell it? (Assuming
for the sake of argument that someone could be dissatisfied with and MS
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye
level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. -Henry
David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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