OSD modification regarding what license can require of user

John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Thu Mar 14 20:02:15 UTC 2002

Russell Nelson scripsit:

> Copyright law already gives them permission to make derivative works.

That is not so.  One may not make a derivative work without the permission
of the copyright holder.  For example, one may not translate a book
into a different language without such permission, even an unpublished
translation.  If you distribute the translation, the breach is compounded,
but even if you don't, it is a breach.

> They just can't *copy* them.  But they don't want to, and aren't going to.

The term "copyright" is not restricted to the exclusive right to make
copies (that is, to prevent others from making them).  It includes also
the exclusive rights to distribute, to publicly display, to publicly
perform, *and* to make derivative works based on the copyrighted work.

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