How To Break The GPL
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Mon Mar 6 15:54:33 UTC 2000
Mark Shewmaker wrote:
> Remember, you can't even make an original Star Trek story without it being
> considered a derivative work of the series and movies.
Sure you can, provided you don't distribute it. Otherwise it would violate
the author's copyright to make marginal notes in a book. If you tried to
redistribute the book with your marginal notes in it, that would be a violation.
But you can redistribute just the marginal notes without affecting the copyright
of the original.
It's been done: James Joyce scholar Hugh Kenner wrote a book consisting entirely
of his marginal notes to Joyce's work _Finnegans Wake_. Kenner's work and
Joyce's are totally independent, although Kenner's book makes no sense
if you don't own Joyce's.
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