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Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 17:31:50 +0200

John Hasler wrote:
> If the program is entirely of your authorship you can distribute it under
> any terms you wish.  However, if you don't add exceptions no one will be
> able to redistribute it. 

Sez GNUtian Hasler. Of course they can redistribute it. 17 USC 109, to
begin with.
>                          You can render the program redistributable by
> putting a statement similar to "As a special exception from the terms of
> the GPL you may create derivatives of this program by combining material

A "work formed by the collection and assembling of preexisting materials 
or of data that are selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that 
the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship"
is compilation under copyright law, not a derivative work. Also known as
"mere aggregation" in GNU speak. The term 'compilation' includes 
collective works." 17 USC 101.


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