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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance

From: Michael Dickens
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:14:57 -0400

In my reading of this document, the issue of what constitutes a "derivative works" is not addressed at all, except to reference (#5) another document supposedly entitled "Software Derivative Work: A Circuit Dependent Determination" ... which doesn't seem to exist (via a Google search).

Closest I was able to find is "Software Derivative Work: A Jurisdiction Dependent Determination" (same author & rough date / year) < http://www.linux.com/feature/113252 > ... which is interesting but not greatly helpful (quoting from the first paragraph): "Just what is a 'derivative work?' The answer to that question depends on which court is being asked" ... ug. I really wish the term "derivative work" were more precisely defined in the GPL ... maybe vagueness was the intent?

I do not mean to revive the prior debate (on this list and many others) about this topic ("what constitutes a 'derivative work'"); just noting the issue in case others read this document and want to look up the reference. - MLD

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