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Re: Question About GNU General Public License

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: 13 Jul 2004 13:42:19 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
> > > > You better clue yourself in about what linking does.  It resolves
> > > > symbols.
> > >
> > > That doesn't change the program.
> > 
> > Not the original, but the copy (linked in memory or on disk).  
> And Java and MS IL JITs (and installers) also "change"/"resolve" 
> (at runtime and/or installation time) the bytecode (resolution 
> of links aside for a moment). Good luck trying to convince a 
> judge that people using Java and MS CLI are all criminals (MS 
> doesn't usually authorize creation of derivative works of their 
> code).

And you'd claim that the usage licence of those programs allow taking,
analyzing and distributing the resulting memory image after linking
with their compiler?  So that, in effect, you would be allowed to use
this process for generating a symbol table from the library and
distribute this without restriction?

Care to quote the passage from their licences that permits this, or
some court law that states that symbol tables are not considered
derived works?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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