jcowan at reutershealth.com
Thu Oct 24 19:27:02 UTC 2002
Lawrence E. Rosen scripsit:
> You "own" a copy of the software under a license from the copyright and
> patent holders.
Why the horror quotes? Ownership is not absolute _alodium_, right enough,
but subject to the copyright owner's enumerated interests, ownership
of a lawful copy looks to me much like ownership of any other chattel.
You buy a book, you get to read it, scribble on it, burn it, use it to
check erosion in a gully. Same story for free software.
John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com www.ccil.org/~cowan www.reutershealth.com
"The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own
skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among
other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague." --Edsger Dijkstra
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