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Re: GPLed Software Expiration Date

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: GPLed Software Expiration Date
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 19:39:19 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.15+20070412 (2007-04-11)

On Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 12:01:39PM -0500, rjack wrote:
> Assuming the GPL is an enforceable contract -- it isn't -- the permissions 
> would last for thirty five years, which is the maximum duration of an 
> "irrevocable" copyright license. See 17 USC § 203(a)(3)).

For those who might be curious as to why such statement is a lie, the
keyword here is "irrevocable".

17 USC § 203(a)(3) does indeed talk about termination of a grant after
yers when there's the right of publication (like in the GPL) BUT in this
case it is an *irrevocable* grant.

Being irrevocable, means it doesn't have an expiry period.

Please also notice that there's nothing related to irrevocable being
actually not irrevocable at said reference, which reinforces rjack's


ps: I predict insults will be what I get in reply, at least from
Therekov and rjack (who I seriously believe are one and the same

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