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Re: GNU licenses

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 15:03:03 +0200

Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
> On Mon, 04 Sep 2006 11:03:18 +0200
> Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
> > > As such, the author of the GPLed work has the right to require all
> > > works that contain the GPLed work, or are derivative works of the
> > > GPLed work, to be either not distributed, or distributed under the
> > > GPL.
> >
> > There's no need to muddy the water, Eeckels. Works that "contain the
> > GPLed work" are not "all" derivative works of the GPLed work. In
> > fact, in most usual and frequent cases they are not.
> Alex my mate, that's why I used "or":
> "all works that contain the GPLed work, OR are derivative works of the
> GPLed work,"

Care to elaborate? It seems to yield "all works that contain the GPLed 
work" even when no work is being "a derivative work of the GPLed work." 

At least explain how come that your muddy-the-water "or" managed to 
escape from the earlier/preceding proposition that

    The GPL only requires derivative works to be distributed under the 


Do you grok the distinction between derivative works and compilations
(uncopyrightable aggregations outside the scope of copyright laws aside 
for a moment)?

Are you suffering from the same kind of schizophrenia as Merijn de 


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