[License-discuss] Permissive but anti-patent license

Ben Tilly btilly at gmail.com
Mon Dec 24 17:07:30 UTC 2012

I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice, etc.  But I am under the
impression that in the USA there is precedent saying that incidental
copies that are necessary for use in a temporary medium (eg RAM) are
not considered fixed and are therefore allowed under copyright law.
If so, then any attempt in a copyright license to require acceptance
to make those copies will fail because your permission was not, in
fact, needed.

On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM, Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:
> Incidental copying is always necessary for use. You can make the license
> work that way.
> On 12/24/2012 05:03 AM, David Woolley wrote:
>> My understanding is that US copyright law doesn't restrict use of software
>> (UK law does).  If that is correct, you will need to form a contract at the
>> time of supply of the software, that imposes this constraint.
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