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Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 17:08:26 +0100

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > What you want to do is chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaange a mere aggregation (for
> > the purpose of execution/running the code) into a derivative work.
> No. The linked executable incorporating GPLed libraries is not a
> derivative work of those libraries as understood by copyright law,
> because there is no transformative significant work of authorship
> upon the GPLed code. As for mere aggregation, GPLv2 says:
>      <>
>      In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the
>      Program with the Program (or with a work based on the Program)
>      on a volume of a storage or distribution medium does not bring
>      the other work under the scope of this License.
> A statically linked executable program containing GPLed code with
> other code is not a mere aggregation; it is a purposeful creation
> of a combined work, and to copy and distribute such a work requires

The term "combined work" is not used in
<> so what are you
blathering about, Hyman?


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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