The Copyright Act preempts the GPL
Peterson, Scott K (HP Legal)
scott.k.peterson at hp.com
Mon Feb 9 17:28:56 UTC 2004
"In that case, please give an example of what you do consider an
- rights that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights, such as relating to
- various rights relating to ownership of physical property.
From: jcowan at reutershealth.com [mailto:jcowan at reutershealth.com]
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2004 10:34 AM
To: Peterson, Scott K (HP Legal)
Cc: license-discuss at opensource.org
Subject: Re: The Copyright Act preempts the GPL
Peterson, Scott K (HP Legal) scripsit:
> If, when impeded in some way from undertaking one of the actions
> exclusive to the copyright holder, a copyright holder could go to
> court and use the copyright rights to overcome the impediment - that
> would be an exercise of an affirmative right.
In that case, please give an example of what you do consider an
> As I am not aware of an example of a copyright holder exercising a
> right in such a way, I continue to find it most helpful to think of
> copyright as a negative right.
No one can quarrel with what it is that you find most helpful.
John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
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