Relicensing and rebasing LibreOffice
Posted Jun 2, 2012 0:25 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
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While it might be illegal for A to give B the file (which is highly disputeable, since A does not "publish" it, it gives it only to B), it's absolutely legal for B to get the file from A -- It does not even matter from where A got the file from.
Is the distinction you're making whether A is guilty of a crime or B is guilty of a crime? Because a crime does occur (as well as a civil injury) in both cases, assuming in the latter case B permits A to get the file, as in by putting it up on an FTP site.
You don't have to publish something to violate copyright. You violate copyright when you make a single copy -- unless it's for fair use, like backup. None of the fair uses involve giving the copy to someone else.
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