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Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:33:02 -0400
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Rjack wrote:
Hyman Rosen wrote:
When someone creates a program which includes another's copyrighted work, they are forbidden to make and distribute copies by 17 USC 106 (1), and so must obtain authorization from the rights holder to do so.

Section 1 of the GPL allows such copying:
 "1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's
source code as you receive it,

How is it that you fail to read the words "source code" in the above
GPL excerpt? When you incorporate a GPLed library into a new work and
copy and distribute that new work, you are not distributing the source
code, much less a verbatim copy of it.

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