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Re: GPL and other licences

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 14:27:57 +0100
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>> > Fung wrote:
>> >>
>> >> I am currently doing some research on open source licences and
>> >> while reading the GPL licence the following question arose:
>> >> Distributing a derivative work combined from software licensed
>> >> under [whatever]
>> >
>> > Combining software doesn't create a derivative work under copyright
>> > law. If anything, it creates a compilation, not a derivative work.
>> Nonsense.  "compilation" in copyright law and "compilation" in
>> computing are completely different things.
> Hey retard, I meant compilation as in copyright law. Once you've 
> got a lawfully made copy of a "computer program" (a set of 
> instructions... see the definition) in source code form, you can 
> reproduce it in object code form (as an additional copy per 17 USC 
> 117) using compilation process (as in computing), link it together 
> with other stuff and run. It has nothing to do with "fair use". 
> Furthermore, 17 USC 117 entitles the owner of a lawfully made copy 
> (source code see above) to distribute additional copies (in object
> code form see above) "along with the copy from which such copies 
> were prepared".

That must be why we have all those copyright violation lawsuits going

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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