Convert GPL to MPL

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at
Fri Jan 18 21:48:03 UTC 2008

> De : John Cowan [mailto:cowan at]
> Envoyé : vendredi 18 janvier 2008 22:38
> À : Philippe Verdy
> Cc : 'John Cowan'; 'Arnoud Engelfriet'; 'Marcel Ferrante'; license-
> discuss at
> Objet : Re: Convert GPL to MPL
> Philippe Verdy scripsit:
> > You did! The derivative work B by definition contains elements of A
> owned by
> > Alice. So Bob cannot be the full owner of B!
> "To contain elements of A" is not the same as "to be A".  The author of
> a derivative work male under license is the the copyright owner of that
> work, and may (for example) sue for infringement without the involvement
> of the owner of the original work.

You wrote "Bob is ***THE*** owner of B". That's the important error that
breaks everything else you added. You are wrong. Bob does not own B!

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