SCO's copyright letter
Posted Dec 22, 2003 22:12 UTC (Mon) by pjs
In reply to: SCO's copyright letter
Parent article: SCO's copyright letter
This would seem like a reasonable conclusing IF copies of the code were sold, as books, records and newspapers are. But SCO and virtually all proprietary software vendors do not sell, but rather license their code. You enter into a contractual agreement in exchange for receiving a copy of the code.
Presumably SCO argues that all of their licensing agreements have imposed limits on how the code can be used. Then again, they've made all sorts of arguements that have been shown to be (mostly) bogus.
Of course, IANAL, so this is merely my impression from what I've read from what seem to be credible sources. The questions of "legal merit" or even the more pragmatic question of how one would settle or fight in the event of a real threat are beyond me. But it is clear that software vendors do utilize contract law to impose restrictions that copyright law would not.
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