Is inherited class a derivative work?

Michael Beck mbeck1 at
Thu Oct 25 10:17:09 UTC 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rhkramer at [mailto:rhkramer at]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 09:27
> To: mbeck1 at

> Re: "IMHO the author gives the user implicitly the right to create a
> subclass and override the abstract methods."
> I'm not so sure -- creating abstract methods is useful for
> the original
> version of the program, to be overridden by derived classes in the
> original.  Simply the presence of abstract classes does not mean that
> the author intends for others to also derive from those
> classes.  (IMHO, and in my limited knowledge of C++).

Interesting view. I don't know, but you could be right. The author could claim
that the abstract methods/classes are there for future enhancements.


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