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Re: GPL and other licences


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 14:14:03 +0100
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
>> 
>> On Wed, 2006-02-01 at 11:43 +0100, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
>> > Barry Margolin wrote:
>> > [...]
>> > > But that's not really a good analogy.  Combining two programs is not
>> > > just making references, you actually merge parts of one program into a
>> > > copy of the other.
>> >
>> > What do you mean by "merge". They remain as two separate computer
>> > programs (or parts thereof, if you like) under copyright law. No
>> > protected expression was transformed/modified forming a derivative
>> > work. Combined executable is just an aggregation of many computer
>> > program works under copyright law. If you insist I can supply you
>> > with maps that will allow you to extract all those distinct
>> > components.
>> 
>> You can't include someone else's book into your own book unless they
>> allow so.
>
> One can download a copy of GPL'd work (without any "I accept")
> directly to a compilation on a tangible medium. In source code or
> object code form (both forms are wildly available).

The mere presence of duplicable material somewhere does not give you
any automatic right to create copies of it.

If somebody leaves his door open, that does not mean that this gives
me the right to go inside and take or copy whatever I wish.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum


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