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Re: Impact of French DADVSI law on Free Software and OCaml (was: Re: [Caml-list] Slashdot)
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Date: 2005-12-07 (21:35)
From: Michael D. Adams <mdmkolbe@g...>
Subject: Re: Impact of French DADVSI law on Free Software and OCaml (was: Re: [Caml-list] Slashdot)
On 12/7/05, Francis Dupont <Francis.Dupont@enst-bretagne.fr> wrote:
>  In your previous mail you wrote:
>    This is the same issue. If I give a burned CDROM with OCaml on it (or
>    more realistically my own Free Software made with OCaml), should I
>    register it?
> => the law applies when you give it to a public so IMHO it applies
> if you sell it, even for free, or distribute it in a conference, etc,
> but not when you give it to your friends.
> As I've said it is an extension to the 500 year old law for books
> to softwares on physical medium.

Does the law for books mean that pamphlets that just contain the
agenda for a conference must be registered?  I leave it as an exercise
to the reader to imagine other types of documents that are provided to
the public but for which it would be silly to register (e.g. bus
schedules, newsletters, take-home restaurant menus, etc.).  I would
hope that there must be some lower bound beyond which books don't need
to be registered.

Michael D. Adams