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Re: Question About GNU General Public License


From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Question About GNU General Public License
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 06:57:13 -0500
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I wrote:
> If it contains no protected expression it can contain none of the
        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> original author's protected expression and therefor no copyright applies.

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

Read what I wrote again.  Pay special attention to the underlined part.

> 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.

In the US it is settled law that elements of a derivative that contain only
unprotected elements of the original do not infringe.
-- 
John Hasler
address@hidden (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI


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