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Re: [ROFL] GCC's GPLv3 "Updated License Exception"

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: [ROFL] GCC's GPLv3 "Updated License Exception"
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:53:47 -0500
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
An example of a "mere aggregation" is two books bound together in a
single spine.  However, if two authors were to cooperate to produce a
single book, this would not be a "mere aggretation" - it would be a
tightly integrated whole - just like a single binary resulting from a
compilation process.

No. What's missing from the compilation case is the work of
authorship. Copyrighted works are created by human authors
doing creative work. Period. Any other way of creating a
work that contains pieces of copyrighted material results
in just that - a pile of stuff with copyrighted material in
it. The work as a whole cannot be separately copyrighted.
The right to make copies of it is the intersection of the
right to make copies of the pieces.

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