binary restrictions?

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Oct 7 20:24:53 UTC 2001

Steve Lhomme scripsit:

> Are you sure of that ? When you compile you USE the code not MODIFY it.
> There's no derivation. 

Yes, we're sure.  Compiling code is equivalent to translating text from
one language to another, and translations are a paradigm case of
derived works.

A derived work need not share a single bit with the original.
Contrariwise, two works can be bit-for-bit identical and not infringe each other.

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