[clug] sec: unclassified - Samba Team, on SCO and sweet irony

Sam Couter sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Thu Aug 21 18:43:21 EST 2003

Kim Holburn <kim.holburn at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> So if I buy a book from a bookshop and the "copyright holder" revokes my "license" to own the book, I have to send it back?

When you buy a book you're not licensing the work. The publisher has a
licence (or owns the copyright). Considering the nature of printed
works, I'd say that the licence would be considered irrevocable.

I don't know if the licence for a work can be revoked so that you can no
longer keep your copy of a work. I think the most they can do is revoke
your right to copy and/or distribute the work, assuming you had that
right in the first place.

In the case of SCO vs IBM, I believe SCO told IBM their licence to
distribute AIX was revoked. I don't think that means that IBM customers
who purchased AIX have to destroy their copies. SCO vs Linux is
different: They're claiming Linux was never properly licenced in the
first place, so should be paid for or destroyed.
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