[linux-elitists] Copyright, loss of enforcement rights (was: MP3 patents)

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Fri Sep 7 12:18:54 PDT 2001


Karsten M. Self writes:

> #include ianal.h

karsten.c:1: `#include' expects "FILENAME" or <FILENAME>

> No.
> 
> Neither copyright nor patent rights are weakened for *future* actions by
> non-enforcement, barring a few boundary cases involving estoppal and
> laches [1].

That's "estoppel".

I once tried to have a law student explain the doctrine of estoppel to
me.  It's a difficult one, with a lot of strange corners; it's not
particularly easy to relate to everyday experience.

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