Open Source Click-Wrap Notice

Bjorn Reese breese at
Sat Aug 10 12:50:54 UTC 2002

"Forrest J. Cavalier III" wrote:

> You can't run most source code.  You must compile it, which is
> preparing a derivative work.

Not quite...

"[T]he U.S. Copyright Office has traditionally taken the view that object
 code is not a derivative work of source code. Instead, the Copyright
 Officers consider the source code of a piece of software and the
 corresponding object code as the same literary work." [1]

For the full explanation read paragraph 32 through 34 in [1].

[1] Mathias Strasser
    "A New Paradigm in Intellectual Property Law?
     The Case Against Open Sources"
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