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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 11:02:23 -0400
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     IOW, it involves "defined interfaces".

Which again is irrelevant with respect to copyright.

"Derivative work" is a legal term with specific meaning as applied
to copyright law. You will be misled if you believe you can use the
plain English meaning of the words.

You do not even understand the purpose of the term. The reason that
the term exists is to grant a secondary author his own copyright if
he has transformed the original work sufficiently. Thus, the author
of a translation gains copyright in that translation - the original
author cannot use the translation unless the translator permits.

This is why linking with a library does not create a derivative work.
There is no significant auctorial transformation of the library.

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