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Re: Question about the GPL copyright notice and the statement ofcopying


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Question about the GPL copyright notice and the statement ofcopying permission not being included in all the source files of a product.
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2004 10:37:52 +0200

Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
[...]
> I mean, would you seriously argue that a book is a bundle of
> chapters, and that the fact there is no copyright notice on each
> chapter somehow changes its copyright status?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0387954015

This book is a "mere aggregation" of papers/works with some "glue" 
(start up code, etc ;-) ). Aggregation doesn't make this whole book 
(just like an executable or a tarball) a derivative work of its 
"components". Executables are like Java JARs (JARs are simple 
archives of Java class files and any other "data" stuff). A 
copyright in one Java class doesn't affect other classes (even if 
something is inherited/composed/linked with the other(s)). Neither 
static nor dynamic linking constitute creation of a derivative work. 
Copyright protects software as literacy works (modulo AFC test). 
Things like "in order to operate"/"whole program" are completely 
irrelevant. Copyright law doesn't establish exclusive right to 
"combine" works. FSF's theory of derivative works is total crap.

regards,
alexander.


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