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How not to handle a licensing violation

How not to handle a licensing violation

Posted Sep 3, 2008 20:57 UTC (Wed) by dvdeug (subscriber, #10998)
In reply to: How not to handle a licensing violation by notamisfit
Parent article: How not to handle a licensing violation

There is no "the" copyright to GNU Emacs; it's possible that James Gosling could hold some copyright to GNU Emacs. However, I believe that any court would settle a legal battle by evoking estoppel; you can't let someone publicly put that much work into a product and then after 20 years contest their right to do so. For example, Kevin McClory who worked on a film script with Ian Fleming claimed that the cinematic James Bond was a derivative work of his work, but a court said that you can't wait until the DVDs of movies made in the 60s out to press a copyright claim.


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