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[Discuss] OSS licenses (was Home NAS redux)

Another silly claim. The FSF cannot sue Joe on behalf of the copyright
holder. The FSF can only sue if the copyright was assigned to the FSF.

The FSF would not be entitled to sue Joe Schmoe unless Joe Schmoe violated
the license on something for which the FSF held the copyright.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM, Edward Ned Harvey (blu)
<blu at>wrote:

> > From: at [mailto:discuss-
> > at] On Behalf Of Edward Ned Harvey
> >
> > Should the FSF feel compelled to go sue GitHub?  And should they be
> > entitled to any settlement they extort out of GitHub?
> In my opinion, the answer to this question is No:
> Unless the copyright holder assigns the FSF the right to sue on behalf of
> them, a 3rd party shouldn't have the right to exercise someone else's
> rights.
> If I write some closed-source software, and I license it to Joe Schmoe,
> and then Joe pirates it all over the world, a violation of the license
> terms that I granted him...  Why should the FSF or anybody else be entitled
> to sue Joe and make money off my work?
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