Is inherited class a derivative work?
will=opensource at cs.cmu.edu
Fri Oct 19 03:20:58 UTC 2001
I lurk on the list. I've been skimming the conversation. I thought I'd
try an analogy. Not sure if this will help or not. I am not a lawyer, nor
do I really know copyright law very well. Feel free to ignore :).
Imagine person A creates a picture. Person B comes along and makes an
overlay that when placed over the picture makes a 'new, improved' picture
by covering some bits of the original.
If you distribute *just the overlay* is this a derived work? I'm going
to assume for the sake of argument that it isn't.
If you distribute the overlay and a copy of the original painting
(appropriately licensed) together, is *this* a derived work?
One could argue that in the second case the overlay is merely USING the
original picture, and that the original picture can be copied because of
its license. I suspect that a court would rule that you have a derived
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