On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 3:43 PM, Chad Perrin <per...@apotheon.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 07, 2009 at 01:25:35PM -0300, Carlos A. M. dos Santos wrote:
>>
>> You can fork the code, rename it, whatever, but you can NOT change
>> the license without explicit permission from the original copyright
>> owner. That would be legally considered theft!
>
> Incorrect.  It would be legally considered copyright infringement.
> Copyright law is not property law, and both different laws *and*
> different terms apply.  "Theft" is not a term legally applied to
> copyright infringement -- at least, in any jurisdiction of which I'm even
> vaguely aware of the state of copyright law.
>
> "That would be legally considered copyright infringement!"

I was referring to stealing intellectual property, which can be a
synonym of copyright violation, depending on the country law. In my
country, for instance, computer programs are considered intellectual
property but they are also subjected to author rights, just like books
and paintings [1,2] .

> There.  I fixed it for you.

Thanks for the clarification, anyway.


References (in Portuguese)

[1] http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/Leis/L9609.htm
[2] http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/Leis/L9610.htm

-- 
My preferred quotation of Robert Louis Stevenson is "You cannot
make an omelette without breaking eggs". Not because I like the
omelettes, but because I like the sound of eggs being broken.
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