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Re: The GPL "Special Exception" and yacc.c

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Re: The GPL "Special Exception" and yacc.c
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:01:45 +0100

On 12 Mar 2009, at 16:25, David Wootelhoff wrote:

Hi, does anyone know the answer to the above question, or have any
hints about how I might find it?

I'm unsure if the question is so trivial that no-one is interested in
answering it, or so difficult that people can't answer it ;)

Probably the former, since you essentially want to prevent folks getting access to your code - not that they are any interested in it :-).

But copyright by common law interpretation typically only covers redistribution of what is creatively unique (check for Beastie Boys flute sample case), and it does not belong to those that wrote the machines that processed it. Since the output parser does contain some handwritten verbatim code, it makes an exception for that (I think). It is not possible for GNU to claim copyright for any code you write, only put restriction on the redistribution of GNU code. So that might suggest you can do it. But check with a lawyer.


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