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Re: GPL question


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL question
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 17:22:36 +0200

Richard Tobin wrote:
> 
> In article <address@hidden>,
> Alexander Terekhov  <address@hidden> wrote:
> 
> >> So what wording woud you suggest authors use in their licences if they
> >> wish to prevent their work from being used in this way?
> >
> >What do you mean?
> 
> I have some software.  Someone else wants to use my software in their
> project, and distribute the result.  I don't want them to be able to
> do that unless they distribute their own source and allow others to
> redistribute it.
> 
> You claim that the GPL doesn't have that effect, because the other
> project is merely a "compilation".  So how should I word my licence
> to achieve the effect I desire?

You may try to state that under your contract "mere aggregation" (in 
GNU speak) triggers the same obligations as derivative work and that 
it encompassing all works in a compilation/aggregation. Then you just 
hope that it can withstand challenges under doctrines of preemption, 
misuse, and whatnot (such as lack of contract formation and 
distribution under 17 USC 109/117 instead, etc.). 

regards,
alexander.


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