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Re: softwarecombinations paper again Re: LGPL vs. GPL

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: softwarecombinations paper again Re: LGPL vs. GPL
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 03:35:12 -0700
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In article <851w0w2cis.fsf@lola.goethe.zz>, David Kastrup <> 
> > Code written to interoperate with other code is not a derivative work
> > of that code by the definition given in the law.
> The courts have ruled differently for works of fiction designed to
> interoperate with other fiction (namely, using the same
> setting/worldview and characters).

Works of fiction are not utilitarian objects, and setting, worldview, 
and characters are creative elements, not functional elements.  
Incorporating them into your work thus makes your work a derivative work.

A program is a utilitarian object, and whatever is necessary to 
interface to it is not subject to copyright.

--Tim Smith

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