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Re: What counts as "distribution"

From: David Golden
Subject: Re: What counts as "distribution"
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 19:44:52 +0100
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David Kastrup wrote:

> The GPL guarantees that you get source code included
> with the  source code

(Of course you meant source code with the binary code)

> In fact, with the 
> increasing complexity of high level languages and compilers, source
> code gets increasingly more important:

Well, I do think a frosty legal climate has probably slowed research
into very-high-level decompilation tools  a bit.  I'm not sure
whether the rise of open source and free[libre] software would speed
such research up (more test cases) or slow it down (less actual point).

> Whether or not the abolishment of copyright would offset the
> disadvantages of the abolishment of the GPL's source code provision
> enforcement could make a topic for long and utterly academic
> discussions.

Indeed. :-)


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