[WikiEN-l] GFDL lawsuits - who can sue?

Anthony DiPierro wikilegal at inbox.org
Mon May 15 23:03:38 UTC 2006

On 5/15/06, Fastfission <fastfission at gmail.com> wrote:
> It seems to me that the most plausible place in which someone could
> use the GFDL in suing is if you re-used improperly re-used material.
> For example: Company X downloads GFDL material from Wikipedia but does
> not correctly comply with the terms of the GFDL. Company Y knows
> Company X's material is GFDL and re-uses it themselves. Company X sues
> Company Y; Company Y pulls out the GFDL, proves the material was
> originally licensed under it, counter-sues Company X for having
> claimed they had copyright control over something they they did not.
Is it illegal to claim you have copyright control over something you
do not?  I'm sure there are plently of laws against claiming you
*wrote* something you didn't, but if you properly attribute the
authors but tack on a false claim of copyright, I don't see how that
can be illegal.


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