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Re: GPL question

From: Richard Tobin
Subject: Re: GPL question
Date: 17 May 2007 22:05:38 GMT

In article <>,
John Hasler  <> wrote:

>> On the face of it, no-one has distributed a derivative work, so that
>> there is no infringement to contribute to.
>In the US creation of derivatives is one of the exclusive rights of the
>copyright owner.

Ok, but the GPL allows creation of derivative works with minimal
restrictions provided you don't "distribute or publish" them.  So
in the readline case there would only be an infringement if the
combined actions of author and user constituted distribution.

-- Richard
"Consideration shall be given to the need for as many as 32 characters
in some alphabets" - X3.4, 1963.

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