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Re: Bye - Bye , open source derivative works litigation

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Bye - Bye , open source derivative works litigation
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:10:40 +0100
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Hyman Rosen wrote:
>> On 2/10/2010 6:17 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
>> > One *SINGLE* (consisting of a separate unique whole) project is not a
>> > joint work although it produces a (single) (combined) "larger program"???
>> Correct. A joint work is created only when all of its
> Why didn't Erik Andersen fork the busybox to create his own non-joint
> version of busybox?

How would you know the difference?  He did not have to negotiate
permission with previous authors for continuing to maintain it.

With free software, there is no way to know which is the fork, and which
the mainline.

If you take a look at gcc history, you'll find that the egcs fork became
the main line eventually.

David Kastrup

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