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Re: I really don't know where to post this. GPL License question


From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: I really don't know where to post this. GPL License question
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 23:27:11 -0800
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> wrote:
> Tim Smith wrote:
> [...]
> > If, on the other hand, you mean that you might take the display code
> > from the PDF reader, and put that code IN your program, so it is just a
> > subroutine you call, then you are going to have to put your code under
> > GPL.
> 
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/Licensing-HOWTO.html 
> 
> <quote> 
> 
> consider the case of two scientific papers which reference each 
> other. The fact that paper B calls paper A (references it for 
> support) does not make B a derivative work of A. This remains 
> true whether B and A are published together in a symposium 
> (analogous to static linkage) or separately (analogous to 
> dynamic linkage). Computer programs are defined in 17 USC as 
> literary works 
> 
> </quote>

But what he'd be distributing is the symposium itself.  Whether B is a 
derivative of A is irrelevant.  He still needs permission to distribute 
A, and GPL only gives that if the other works in the symposium are also 
under GPL.

-- 
--Tim Smith


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