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Re: gperf output licence

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: gperf output licence
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:03:06 -0400
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Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
> Can you point out a software license (a realistic one, not a made-up one)
> where the gperf-processed output would not be under the same license as the
> input?

I haven't looked.  For gperf's input files, it seems unlikely that
there would be any examples.  But if I were writing the documentation,
I wouldn't want to give the impression that, as a general matter of
copyright law, derivative works a) are always allowed and b) always
inherit the license of the original work.  I'd probably say something

  On the other hand, the output produced by gperf contains essentially
  all of the input file.  Therefore the output is a derivative work of
  the input that was passed to gperf, and its copyright and license
  status depend on the copyright and license of the input.


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