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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 11:42:03 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
The law makes it clear that the GPL can’t affect the licenses  to
> those preexisting component parts. Again, linking doesn’t matter.

This is false, for static linking. The exclusive right to authorize
the copying of of a component into a linked program rests with the
copyright holder. Therefore, to copy and distribute such a linked
work requires permission from the copyright holder of each component,
and the GPL requires that the work as a whole be distributed under
the GPL.

The author of a literary text may separately authorize its publication
in hardcover or in paperback, in standalone form or as part of an
anthology. In no case does one sort of permission automatically extend
to another.

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