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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 13:03:23 -0400
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
Hyman Rosen is different; he reckons he's found a bug in copyright law,
> based on a mechanical, pedantic reading of some laws, and he's arguing
> to try and find the flaw;

The flaw is not in copyright law. The flaw is in your interpretation of
copyright law as forbidding certain things which it actually permits.

The GPL is irrelevant; the interoperability which you believe is forbidden
is in fact legal with any other program, regardless of its copyright, because
there is no copying of the other program involved. You may make GCC code
generators, Excel add-ins, Vista screen savers, or what have you without
needing to be concerned with the copyrights of those other programs.

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