Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at
Thu Oct 24 19:16:12 UTC 2002

Roblimo wrote:
> Do you own all the software on your computer? I own all the 
> software on 
> mine. :)

You "own" a copy of the software under a license from the copyright and
patent holders.  You may be restricted from doing certain things with
your property by law or by contract.  This is as true of software as it
is with zoning laws and easements in real property.  Absolute freedom
doesn't exist.  

The GPL and other free and open source licenses give you maximum
freedom, but not absolute freedom.

/Larry Rosen

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