On 06/12/2014 11:17 AM, Thorsten Alteholz wrote: > Hi Emmanuel, > > On Thu, 12 Jun 2014, Emmanuel Bourg wrote: >> Le 12/06/2014 14:18, Thorsten Alteholz a écrit : >>> the license of some files says that: >>> "You are granted a license to use, reproduce and create derivative works >>> of this document." >>> >>> Can you please explain why Debian is allowed to distribute these files? >> >> Because the license grants the right to reproduce this document? > > I am not a native English speaker but I understand "reproduce" as making > only copies. > >> Isn't >> distribution a form of reproduction when we are dealing with immaterial >> works? > > All other licenses grant the right to copy and to distribute, so there > must be a difference between both.
Hi Thorsten, IANAL (I am not a lawyer), but I feel confident that "reproduce" is a synonym of "copy," and that in standard English parlance the license to "reproduce" a digital document includes the right to distribute it. If the license holder wanted to prohibit redistribution, there would be explicit terms and conditions for said redistribution. For example, something like "you may only reproduce this document for local backup purposes." tony
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