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Re: Integration of gettext in Perl

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: Integration of gettext in Perl
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 14:20:53 -0400
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Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> And if you read the text of the original law at
> <http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/117.html>, I think you'll
> find it hard to justify your claim directly from that text.

I have read it, and I don't see anything that would make the
proprietary code into a derivative work of the GPLed code.  Maybe one
could argue that the end user linking the two pieces of code is
violating the GPL since the GPLed code can be used without the
proprietary code, but that would be hard to detect and enforce.

> Also, I understand that the FSF legal counsel does not agree with you.
> I suppose you could try to distribute your code anyway, wait for the
> FSF to come after you, and then litigate the case; but this doesn't
> sound like a productive use of anybody's time.

On the contrary, I think a court decision one way or the other would
be very useful to clarify the issue.  But I don't actually have any
proprietary code, nor do I plan to.


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