Subject: Unexercisable rights
From: Brian Bartholomew <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 15:31:30 -0400

> the *right* to redistribute still exists, even if the *desire* to
> redistribute does not.

I find that line of argument contrary to practical usage.  For a right
to exist, the user must have a practical opportunity to exercise it.

In practical terms, giving away a competitive advantage you paid $20M
for to your competitors is a stronger bound on a company's actions
than a proprietary license contract.

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Brian Bartholomew - - - Working Version, Cambridge, MA