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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Lee Hollaar
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2004 16:04:36 +0000 (UTC)

In article <> Stefaan A Eeckels 
<> writes:
>On Sat, 19 Jun 2004 11:05:43 +0000 (UTC)
> (Lee Hollaar) wrote:
>> There are multiple copyrights in a compilation.  Any copyrights
>> in the underlying works continue to exist, and there is a new
>> copyright on the particular selection and arrangement of the
>> compilation.  The permission of all copyright owners are then
>> required for the reproduction or distribution of the compilation.
>Does the copyright owners of the components of a 
>compilation also have the right prevent the production
>of a compilation, like they have for derivative works?

Yes, there is no difference in the exclusive rights granted to
a compilation copyright from other copyrights.

But the compilation copyright only covers the original selection
and arrangement of the information, not the underlying information
itself, so it is less than clear what a derivative work of a
compilation might be.  Common forms of derivative works, like
translations or movies from novels don't pertain to compilations.

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