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Re: gpl as applied to ideas

From: Joseph S.
Subject: Re: gpl as applied to ideas
Date: 7 Dec 2006 07:13:35 -0800
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Hi all,
Thanks for the replies.

Merijn wrote:
> If you do borrow creative parts of someone else's work,
> you either infringe their copyright or you need to comply
> with their license. In case of the GPL, that means your
> derivative (if published) has to be GPL as well.

In effect, GPLed software is more inaccessible for study and inspection
than shareware? By fear of contamination.
Several leading Linux distros have GUI similar to M$ Windows so that
the end user feels at home when switching over. What if M$ starts
cribbing about that - the world will not get a Desktop Linux. So,
that's not fully sensible. IMO, if I've copied the idea from a GPL
program, I should release the *idea* under the GPL, because that's what
I copied. As far as code is concerned the GPL is pretty clear: copy
code only if your work will be GPL.

So finally, I state clearly in my License agreement: "So-and-so layout
and so-and-so idea is picked from so-and-so project."

Anyways, I think I've bothered everyone enough. For all you know, my
little program will not cross the 50 copies mark :-)

Thanks anyway,
Best wishes,

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