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Re: GPL 2(b) HUH?

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL 2(b) HUH?
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:43:07 -0400
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David Kastrup wrote:
prgm clearly is a derivative work of all the various modules.

No it isn't. A derivative work is a transformed form of an
original work that accomplishes the same purpose. For example,
translation to another language, or writing a screenplay of a
novel. In the Harry Potter decision, the judge ruled that the
Lexicon was not a derivative work even though it had copious
amounts of direct copying from the novels and sourcebooks,
because the Lexicon did not accomplish the same thing as the
other books, namely to tell the story of Harry Potter.

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