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Re: Question About GNU General Public License


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: 19 Jul 2004 01:00:06 +0200
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John Hasler <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup writes:

> > But it is clearly a derivative (even a mechanical derivative) of a
> > creative work, and so the copyright for the original creative work
> > applies.
> 
> No.  If it contains no protected expression it can contain none of
> the original author's protected expression and therefor no copyright
> applies.

Look, making an identical copy involves no creative work whatsoever,
and yet the original copyright does not magically cease.

Compressing the file and taking the even-numbered bits contains no
protected expression, and taking the odd-numbered bits likewise
contains no protected expression.  Yet parts of the original
information make it into each of the files, just like with symbol
tables.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum


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