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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 13:15:58 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Hyman Rosen wrote:
[... "linked program" v. "assemblage of programs" ...]
A "linked program" containing multiple computer program works under
separate and independent copyrights *IS* "assemblage of programs
collected together", silly.

The GPL states <>
    A compilation of a covered work with other separate and independent
    works, which are not by their nature extensions of the covered work,
    and which are not combined with it such as to form a larger program,
    in or on a volume of a storage or distribution medium, is called an
    “aggregate” if the compilation and its resulting copyright are not
    used to limit the access or legal rights of the compilation's users
    beyond what the individual works permit. Inclusion of a covered work
    in an aggregate does not cause this License to apply to the other
    parts of the aggregate.

It is clear that the GPL regards the linked program and the assemblage
of programs as two different things, and authorizes the copying of a
licensed work differently in one case than in the other. You may not
believe this is the case, and you may choose to regard permission for
the latter as giving permission for the former, but you are just wrong.
But this is an incorrectness which you seem content to embrace and insist
is true, and as I said, there's not much point in arguing back and forth
with you, as you are neither the controlling factor in how the GPL is
interpreted nor likely to change your mind.

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