Convert GPL to MPL

Arnoud Engelfriet arnoud at
Sat Jan 19 10:51:43 UTC 2008

Philippe Verdy wrote:
> 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!

That depends on the jurisdiction. In many jurisdictions, Bob may well
be the sole owner of the copyright on the derivative work B. He typically
needs permission to *prepare* the derivative work, and as part of the
permission Alice would impose restrictions on what Bob can do.

If I translate Shakespeare into Dutch, I fully own that translation
despite the fact that the English original is public domain. 


Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch & European patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
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