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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 18:06:55 +0200

David Kastrup wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
> > 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.
> That concerns the transfer of particular acquired copies, not
> distribution involving the creation of additional copies.

Legally speaking, "distribution" doesn't involve creation of additional 
copies at all. And 17 USC 109 is about particular copies "lawfully made", 
not "acquired". All downloaded copies of publicly available GPL'd works
are lawfully made.


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