Article:
  Open Source Licenses Are Not All the Same
Subject:   Open Licenses
Date:   2004-11-24 09:34:00
From:   brianutterback
Response to: Open Licenses

all copyright holders are monopolies. they have a monopolistic as the copyright holder to grant those copyrights to those they choose and under the terms they choose. The point in this discussion is that new rights cannot be created that have not been previously granted by the law, except via contract. The kicker here is that the courts appear to maintain that a copyright license is not a genuine contract because a contract must be between limited parties and not just "the public". Therefore a license cannot place further restrictions than those granted by law.
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  • Ok, so basically
    2004-12-15 11:16:05  joodie [View]

    You mean to say, that according to the US copyright law any software licence that allows the "general public" to use it (say, download it from a website), cannot be copyrighted?