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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs


From: Rainer Weikusat
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 11:17:09 +0800
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:
> http://www.xfree86.org/pipermail/forum/2004-March/004248.html
>
> BTW, curiously, neither Stallman nor Moglen replied to
>
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/05/msg00390.html

Ehh ... why should they? If we take the assumption the 'grantbacks'
apply to copyrighted works the same way they were applied to patents
for granted, the whole thing still misses the point, which is actually
very simple: You have a work that consists of two separately
copyrighted works, one of them GPL and one them not. So you can either
put the combined work under GPL or leave the GPL parts out, because
you have no right to use them in this way if you don't GPL the
whole. The separate copyright is not affected by this, ie you are free
to use that in other contexts, when not combined with GPLed works, as
you please.


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