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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 18:40:48 +0200

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > Hyman Rosen wrote:
> >> This is false; if you link statically with a GPLed library, the work
> >> as a whole must be distributed under the GPL.
> > Sez who?
> United States copyright law:
>      <> Page 201
>      § 201 · Ownership of copyright
>      ...
>      (c) Contributions to Collective Works.—
>      ... In the absence of an express transfer of the copyright or of any
>      rights under it, the owner of copyright in the collective work is
>      presumed to have acquired only the privilege of reproducing and
>      distributing the contribution as part of that particular collective
>      work, any revision of that collective work, and any later collective
>      work in the same series.
> This tells you that the copyright owner of a collective work must acquire
> the privilege of reproducing and distributing the components as part of
> that work, and that such privilege is separate from other grants for those
> works, past or future.

The explicit permission to "mere aggregate" is good enough for any sort
of collective works, silly.

See also:


(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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