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Re: GPL question

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: GPL question
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 18:44:45 -0700
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In article <>,
 rjack <rjack@com> wrote:
> Rjack is neither a troll nor a lawyer. Rjack relies on the text 
> of published United States statutes and federal court case law 
> for his personal observations.
> Ultimately, the Constitution and the Copyright Act mean exactly 
> what the men in the black robes say it means (especially the 
> Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of Appeals).
> If rjack sees the name of a copyright "expert" repeatedly cited 
> to by the courts for legal authority (i.e. Nimmer, Goldstein, 
> Patry) he listens closely. Conversely, when he sees someone (i.e. 
> Eben Moglen at the FSF or Pamela Jones at Groklaw) make claims 
> that obviously contradict established precedental rulings by the 
> appellate courts he suspects that someone may be spreading 
> nonsense propaganda.

Especially when the later keep overlooking a major area of copyright 
law: first sale.  As more and more embedded systems use Linux, and more 
and more OEMs sell pre-built Linux systems, first sale is going to 
become very relevant.

--Tim Smith

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