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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2004 10:51:12 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Martin Dickopp wrote:
>> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>> > Now, do you seriously believe that they will be able to convince
>> > a non-drunken district judge (appellate and supreme folk aside
>> > for a moment) that "works that use the library" are in fact
>> > derivative works under copyright law?
>> Yes.
> On the basis of what? Assume that a district judge doesn't belong to
> the GNU church and doesn't live in the GNU Republic (where all works
> come into existence as derivatives [because the GNU law says so] of 
> other GPL'ed works and hence also fall under the GPL). How are they/
> you going to convince him? Make an argument, please.

Okay, here's an argument: The fact that you apparently have to resort to
a funny, but factually incorrect kind of rhetoric ("GNU church", "GNU
Republic", "GNU law") indicates strongly that you are wrong.  Therefore,
I believe that the opposite of what you believe is likely to be the


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