2008/8/11 Bennett Haselton <bennett(a)peacefire.org>rg>:
I would assume that if user A grants everyone in the
world a license
to do X, Y, and Z, then you're allowed to submit your work to company
Q which requires you to agree to terms that say "YOU give us
permission to do X, Y, and Z". Even though the permission is
technically not yours to give.
Because, logically, if you did interpret it this way, what could
possibly happen that anyone could sue for? If you grant company Q
the right to do X, Y, and Z and company Q actually does one of those
things, user A can't claim they were wronged, because they granted
the whole world the right to do X, Y and Z anyway.
Possibly. However, I think we're at a level of theorising where it
becomes important that law is not deterministic, and that the point at
which you would be putting forward this reasoning would be when you
were taken to court by an aggrieved copyright-holding lunatic out for
blood and you were defending yourself; and the question to ask
yourself would then be, "do I feel lucky?"