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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 16:59:54 +0100

Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> The resulting function is in no way a "compilation" - it is a derivative
> of the original function.

When you modify the source code (change it) or rewrite it in another 
programming language, that resulting work will be a derivative work (as 
long as it contains protected elements from the original -- the AFC test).

> That is true.  However, when you take two short stories, commingle
> paragraphs from one of them with paragraphs from the other, connecting
> them up with sentences of your own to give a new short story, you have a
> derivative work.  Doing this may be unusual for stories, but is a
> perfectly normal way of creating software.

Maybe in the GNU Republic. I can't recall ever "commingling" software.


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