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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: telford
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 06:41:27 -0000

Rui Miguel Seabra <> wrote:

>  What is relevant is:
>   Is the new work the same without including the file?
>   Is it 100% the same? I bet the compiler would say it isn't...

>   So it is a derivate work.

This is a much stricter definition than has been applied to any literary
work. Consider that halfway through my book I write:

   To fully understand this discussion you should read Foobar's excellent
   manuscript titled "Bazzing the Floodle" which provides background.

I do not need permission from Foobar's publisher to include such a reference,
it falls well within the grounds of fair use.

Not too many things in copyright law depend on the "100% the same" metric.

        - Tel

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