The Copyright Act preempts the GPL

Ruth A. Kramer rhkramer at
Mon Feb 9 15:46:49 UTC 2004

> Alexander Terekhov scripsit:
> > To me, compilers (and tools like
> > do nothing but "transliteration", not "translation" in the
> > legal sense. I may be wrong, of course.

I may be off the mark, but to me, part of the implied "question"
(perhaps in an earlier post?) is whether a compiled program is a
derivative work of the compiler?

IANAL, but in my understanding it is not.  It is, however, a derived
work of the source code, IIUC.

Randy Kramer
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