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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 19:30:25 +0000

On Wed, 2006-02-01 at 11:43 +0100, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> Barry Margolin wrote:
> [...]
> > But that's not really a good analogy.  Combining two programs is not
> > just making references, you actually merge parts of one program into a
> > copy of the other. 
> What do you mean by "merge". They remain as two separate computer 
> programs (or parts thereof, if you like) under copyright law. No 
> protected expression was transformed/modified forming a derivative 
> work. Combined executable is just an aggregation of many computer 
> program works under copyright law. If you insist I can supply you 
> with maps that will allow you to extract all those distinct 
> components.

You can't include someone else's book into your own book unless they
allow so.

That's what is meant by "merge" and what happens in linking software.

Now, if you were offering a legitimate copy of someone else's book when
you offered your own, as two distinct items, than you would be talking
about your theory.

You keep confusing two books with one book composed of two books,
without either of which the book makes absolutely no sense.

It borderlines intentional misleading, if not at all.


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