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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 08:20:32 +0100

Barry Margolin wrote:
> OK, so why are you inventing new issues, rather than addressing the
> topic of the thread?  The OP said "a derivative work combined from
> software licensed under the Apache Software Licence 2.0 and software
> licensed under the GNU GPL 2.0".  This sounds to me like he's using
> pieces of source code, not combining executables.

Because just like with combined executable, copying source code doesn't 
create a derivative work. If anything, it creates a compilation. When 
you print two short stories on the same sheet of paper (or PDF), you're 
not creating a derivative work. And the same goes when you put several
pieces of source code under different licenses in one file. Think 

> >
> > >                                 I'm talking about copying parts of the
> > > source code of program A into a copy of program B, to create a new
> > > program C.
> >
> > You're talking nonsense. Or, if you like, you're talking marketing.
> I'm talking about what programmers do when they copy source code to
> create a new program.

Yeah, "new program"? That "new program" is nothing but a compilation
(as in copyright law) of multiple computer program works.

> It sounds like you're assuming that he's linking a program with a
> library.  I'm not sure how you got that from what he wrote.

See above.


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