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Re: Right to copy source code

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Right to copy source code
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 19:21:15 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> cold80 wrote:
>> Sorry if maybe my question could be silly, but I don't know a lot
>> about licences...I found a .NET library that is realeased under the
>> GPL licence. So I have the source code. Now I'm developing a software
>> and I would like to use part of this library. I would like to copy
>> the
>> source code that I need to my project and compile it. So I'm not
>> linking the library, I would like to embeed the code in my program.
>> What am I supposed to do? Should I release my program under the GPL
>> license too? I would like to release it for free, but not with the
>> source code, can I do it this way?
> Your "program" is merely an aggregation ("collective work" at most
> if selection is creative enough) of multiple computer program works.

"copy the source code that I need to my project and compile it"...
Sorry, but that's not even borderline contentious: of course this
constitutes creation of a derived work, not an aggregation.

> In GNUtian speak, it's "mere aggregation".

It is neither in "GNUtian speak" nor in legal terms.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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