"Derivative Work" for Software Defined

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Fri Jan 17 01:48:24 UTC 2003

> Can someone clear up the difference between "mere 
> aggregation" and a "collective work"?  

As far as I can tell, a "mere aggregation" IS a "collective work."  The
former term has no meaning in the copyright law.  

> Is Red Hat Linux a 
> "collective work" or a "mere aggregation" of many different 
> software packages, some of them GPL, some under other open 
> source licenses, some of them not?

I believe it is a collective work.  

/Larry Rosen

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