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JJC cummingsj at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 02:04:54 EST 2018


So you are saying that you are attempting to protect Jim’s intellectual property in some way? That same intellectual property that was already released as opensource under the GPL?

Incidentally, what you describe in #2 is precisely the spirit (and legal function) of the GPL to begin with.

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> On Dec 26, 2018, at 18:14, David McGough <kb4fxc at inttek.net> wrote:
> 
> 
> My reasoning is simple--if private intellectual property is
> unintentionally released, which scenario is least damaging:
> 
> 1. A binary blob that can't be easily reverse engineered and can only be 
> used in a very specific, limited scope way.
> 
> 2. A source code file that once disclosed can be copied by anyone 
> in the future, for ever more. Something like:
> 
>        void my_secret_spy_function() {
>            //
>            // patented or licensed algorithms
>            //
>            //
>        }
> 
> 
> I would argue that #1 would be the least damaging to an unknown owner's
> intellectual property rights. At least an attempt has been made to limit
> the damage to any intellectual property, while waiting for the dust to
> clear.
> 
> Twenty two months ago, I fully expected a new copyright owner to emerge,
> once Jim's Estate was settled---easing many of my concerns.  Those were
> the claims being made at that time.  Now, with the records of what has
> actually transpired, I really don't know what to think.
> 
> 
> It's pointless to argue semantics any further.
> 
> 
> 73, David KB4FXC
> 
> 
> 
>> On Wed, 26 Dec 2018, Willem Schreuder wrote:
>> 
>>> On Wed, 26 Dec 2018, David McGough wrote:
>>> 
>>> So, what happens if a supposed copyright owner shows up 10 years from now
>>> and says:  "That code or function (or whatever) was never GPL2 and should
>>> never have been released!" ---and they have reasonable proof?
>> 
>> I'm not sure I understand the argument.
>> 
>> Are you saying that it is not appropriate to share the source, because you 
>> are not sure that the it is covered under the GPL?  In that case, are you 
>> not opening yourself to greater liability by continuing to modify and use 
>> it, if you are not sure whether it is covered by the GPL or not.
>> 
>> The whole point of the GPL is that once the code is released under the GPL 
>> that there is an explicit grant to EVERYBODY to do with the code as they 
>> see fit, the only restriction being that you must continue to share the 
>> source.
>> 
>> It seems to me that if you comply with the GPL, you have a reasonable 
>> argument that you acted in good faith and you can claim innocent 
>> infingement, regardless of who the original copyright holder is.
>> 
>> If on the other hand it is true that the GPL does not apply, you are quite 
>> right to worry about modifying and redistributing the code.
>> 
>> I apologize if I misundertood your argument, but I am not following.
>> -Willem
>> 
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