Fw: What is Copyleft?
Ryan S. Dancey
ryand at frpg.com
Fri Feb 23 07:36:13 UTC 2001
From: "David Johnson" <david at usermode.org>
> > Making a function call
> > is not the same thing as actually incorporating the code of that
> > into the body of the calling code.
> Though I'm on your "side", there is a big difference between data transfer
> and code execution. Transferring data between two processes by way of IPC
> a network protocol is in a completely different realm than a single thread
> execution weaving its way in and out between an application and a library.
As a practical matter, I agree. As a programmer, I understand the concept
of a "thread of execution".
Does the copyright statute? In other words, does the law see a series of
instructions executed in a certain order as a derivative work, regardless of
how those instructions came to be excecuted in that order?
Imagine I have two novels.
On page 100 of Novel A, there is an instruction: Open up Novel B, turn to
Chapter 7. When finished, come back to this point and continue reading.
As the reader, (the processor in this analogy) I follow these instructions.
My "thread of execution" takes me from Page 100 in Novel A, to Chapter 7 of
Novel B, and back to page 100 of Novel A again.
Are Novel A and B now a derivative work?
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