FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL
Posted Jun 11, 2010 0:25 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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You're missing something: You don't need a copyright license to give someone a copy; you need the license to make a copy. Best Buy is passing on copies that were made by the copyright owner, so doesn't need any license from the copyright owner. The copyright owner has no power to control Best Buy's sales.
With the app store, somebody's making copies. There seems to be some disagreement over who is doing that, but whoever it is needs a license from the FSF to do it. And ignorance is no excuse.
It gets a little fuzzy in the novel area of aiding and abetting infringement, which is why Apple or Best Buy would pull an illegally copied product even though they aren't violating any copyright: Their participation could be seen as encouraging the real copyright violator to violate.
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