Karsten M. Self
kmself at ix.netcom.com
Sun Oct 7 20:10:29 UTC 2001
on Sun, Oct 07, 2001 at 08:21:24PM +0200, Steve Lhomme (steve.lhomme at free.fr) wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Greg London" <greglondon at oaktech.com>
> To: "Steve Lhomme" <steve.lhomme at free.fr>
> Cc: <license-discuss at opensource.org>
> Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2001 5:30 PM
> Subject: Re: binary restrictions?
> > Steve Lhomme wrote:
> > > > A binary is a derived work.
> > >
> > > Are you sure of that ? When you compile you USE the code not MODIFY
> > > it. There's no derivation. Otherwise using a software and changing
> > > the default settings would be a derived work...
> > source code is text that follows the rules of grammar for a particular
> > language (C, C++, Perl, Java, Python, etc)
> > A binary is text that follows the rules of grammar for a different
> > language. The symbols are different from English alpha-numeric, the
> > rules are different, but it is a readable language, nonetheless.
> > (having debugged microcontroller machine code years ago, I can vouch
> > for readability)
> > converting source code to binary is in effect a *translation* from one
> > language to another.
> That makes good sense. But in this case, why is their different rules for
> source code and binary versions of a work in most open-source licenses ? I
> mean if it's a derived work, the rules applied are the same one of a derived
Because compiled works are less favorable for modifications. They're
not the "best form" of a work. Specifically, they're not the "preferred
for for making modifications" to the work. Better to go with the source
form than the compiled form, where appropriate. Likewise proscriptions
against obfuscated or machine-generated sources.
This is consistent with traditions of copyright filing with the US
Library of Congress, which identifies "best works" and preferred forms
for making filings.
Karsten M. Self <kmself at ix.netcom.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? Home of the brave
http://gestalt-system.sourceforge.net/ Land of the free
Free Dmitry! Boycott Adobe! Repeal the DMCA! http://www.freesklyarov.org
Geek for Hire http://kmself.home.netcom.com/resume.html
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Size: 232 bytes
Desc: not available
More information about the License-discuss