Re: Linux 2.6.9 and the GPL Buyout

From: David Woodhouse
Date: Tue Dec 21 2004 - 14:14:11 EST

On Mon, 2004-12-20 at 15:27 -0600, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> We are adopting Federal Copyright and Trademark law, and Federal Patent
> law into our courts. We are also enacting trade secret laws that make it
> easier for folks to claim trade secrets on Open Source code for
> individual authors.

Why? You're not a signatory to the Berne Convention and thus surely you
don't need to honour it? You can just re-use the GPL'd code without our
permission, and make your law permit it. You could adopt US copyright
law with exceptions for the Linux kernel. There's precedent for such
exceptions -- see what the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
has to say about Peter Pan, for example:

And enacting the US patent law is absurd -- why would you want to copy
something as broken and abusable as that?


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