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Re: softwarecombinations paper Re: LGPL vs. GPL

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: softwarecombinations paper Re: LGPL vs. GPL
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 18:32:37 -0700
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In article <>,
 Ciaran O'Riordan <> wrote:
> FSF's position, IIRC, IANAL, is that being a derived work is something that
> is decided based on the author's actions and intentions at the time of
> writing the software - not at the later times of someone running or linking
> the software.

If by "derived work" they really mean "derivative work", then the case 
law is pretty much directly opposed to the FSF's opinions.  And there is 
a LOT of case law in this area, because in the world of commercial 
software, this fact pattern arises any time some third party makes an 
add-on for a closed system without permission of the vendor of the 
closed system.

--Tim Smith

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