(OT) - Major Blow to Copyleft Theory

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Aug 27 15:08:12 UTC 2007

Alexander Terekhov scripsit:

> "Whether this constitutes a gratuitous license, or one for a
> reasonable compensation, must, of course, depend upon the
> circumstances; but the relation between the parties thereafter in
> respect of any suit brought must be held to be contractual, and not an
> unlawful invasion of the rights of the owner."; DE FOREST RADIO TEL. &
> TEL. CO. v. UNITED STATES, 273 U.S. 236 (1927).

Of course that (a) was a patent rather than a copyright action (b)
involved the U.S. as defendant at a time when tort claims against the
U.S. were unenforceable (sovereign immunity) (c) addressed an implicit,
not an explicit license (d) had no notion of conditions on the license
at all.

But why go on?  Clearly I am fighting a battle of wits with an unarmed

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