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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Savannah vs. Open Software License

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Savannah vs. Open Software License
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 13:34:12 +0900
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>>>>> "Samium" == Samium Gromoff <address@hidden> writes:

    Samium> 1. You create the patch with that funny contract applied
    Samium> 2. the custiomer downloads the clean kernel
    Samium> 3. the customer downloads your patch, and therefore accepts your 
funny contract
    Samium> 4. the customer creates the work by applying the patch

According to rms, doesn't work.  This is precisely the way the Aladdin
Ghostscript + GNU readline setup worked.  The FSF legal staff argued
that since the patch is clearly intended to be applied to the GPLed
work, it implicitly creates a derived work.

Not tested in court, so who knows.  (Under threat of court action,
Aladdin backed down; the GNU readline extension is only used by
interactive end users, so it didn't have any positive effect on
Aladdin's revenues.)

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