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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 16:40:44 +0200

Martin Dickopp wrote:
[...]
> dump of a dynamically linked program would be considered a derivative
> work of both the program and the library is true 

It's not true. A dump is not a derivative. It's an aggregation/
compilation. The distinction is largely academic in the case of "non-
free" proprietary stuff (except that there's no exclusive privilege 
to "aggregate") but it makes quite a difference when you authorize 
infinite copying by everybody like the GPL does. Trying to put a 
barrier on distribution of a certain class of compilations that you 
don't like won't fly in court. First sale, public policy, etc.

regards,
alexander.


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