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Re: Question About GNU General Public License

From: Momchil Velikov
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: 2 Aug 2004 13:25:05 -0700

Alexander Terekhov <> wrote in message 
> Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:
> [...]
> > If you combine GPL and BSD licensed code in such a way as to create
> > a derivative work (let's not debate how), 
> Call it a compilation and I won't debate.
> >                                           then the resulting work
> > is yours and can be licensed any way you want - provided you have
> > permission from the copyright holders of the code you used. The
> > BSD licensor doesn't mind, but the GPL licensor insists that you
> > may only distribute your derivative work if you do so under GPL.
> The GPL [as long as it's a mere copyright license] can't prevent 
> me from creating and distributing compilations (as long as a can 
> copy and own those copies). And even if the GPL would be enforcable 
> contract... things like copyright misuse would block any attempts 
> to extract rights to the unrelated/nonderivative works. 

GPL does not try to extend the copyright protection to the other parts
of the compilation or the collective works, thus there's no misuse of
copyright.  It merely authorizes you to make copies in GPL'ed
compilations and does not authorize you to make copies in non GPL'ed
compilations (AIUI).


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