(OT) - NOT A Major Blow to Copyleft Theory

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Fri Feb 8 19:54:33 UTC 2008

Alexander Terekhov writes:
 > But you do not *need* a license to distribute copies lawfully made.

Essentially you are saying that it's impossible to restrict the
distribution of downloadable copyrighted materials.  If I go to a
website that offers to let me download a work, and I fetch a copy, I
can do anything I want with that copy without needing a license,
including make derivative works.  Just like I can buy a book and turn
it into a planter without needing a copyright license.

So, if I download a demo song from somebody's website, I can put it up
on my website, or make a remix of it, even though it's copyrighted.
As long as I can show that I've downloaded more copies from their
website than I've distributed, I'm covered.

That's a great legal theory.  Tell me when you get a judge to sign off
on it.  In the meantime, could you stop fantasizing?

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