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Re: Question About GNU General Public License


From: Rui Miguel Seabra
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 10:54:00 +0100

On Sun, 2004-07-18 at 08:34 +0000, wrote:
> Rui Miguel Seabra <address@hidden> wrote:
> 
> >> "a set of statements or instructions=20
> >> to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring=20
> >> about a certain result."
> 
> > "in order to bring about a certain result" -> fullfilment
> 
> Potential fullfilment would still suffice.
> There is no constraint that the program has to work reliably
> (or work at all), if there was such a requirement then all of
> Microsoft's rights would be void.

No. That's working reliably. But not even compiling is a different
thing.

> > used directly or indirectly -> executable or library
> 
> or part of an executable or part of a library.
> 
> > Get it now?
> 
> Yup, I get it, none of the above says anything about the definition
> of a derivative work. Even if copyright law did have a requirement
> for completeness, where does it explain exactly what makes software
> complete?

It doesn't. That's just evidence that one work depends on the inclusion
of the other.

Rui

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