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Re: Another GNU License Question

From: mike3
Subject: Re: Another GNU License Question
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 21:43:36 -0700
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On Aug 20, 8:35 am, byron@upstairs.(none) (Byron Jeff) wrote:
> In article <>,
> mike3 <> wrote:
> >On Aug 12, 9:33 pm, John Hasler <> wrote:
> >>mike3writes:
> >> > Ie., if you owned all the program, for example.
> >> Or if the program has been distributed to you under the terms of the GPL.
> >> > But why doesn't this hired guy automatically get license to distribute
> >> > your "free" software?
> >> Because a copy of it has not been distributed to him.  He merely has
> >> temporary possession of a copy in his capacity as your agent.
> >That makes more sense. But could you grant him additional permissions
> >if you wanted?
> Of course. You could in fact distribute the code to him/her under the
> GPL if you like. But in a work for hire situation, that isn't an
> automatic distribution. So until it's specifically distributed to them
> under the GPL, they do not have the right to redistribute that code.

That makes more sense. Thanks for the clarification.

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