restrictions on web service linking?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Tue Nov 21 23:17:23 UTC 2006

Clark C. Evans wrote:
> However, if one component simply cannot operate without another... it is
> a completely different matter.  This the case I'm talking about.  It may
> not be detect this case via a computerized algorithm, however, when
> presented to a Judge, I think the distinction would quickly be obvious
> (and would develop case law that clarifies the intent, if you didn't
> include explicit examples in the license itself).

Components that can not operate without each other do not necessarily
form a derivative work.  A derivative work must actually be based on the
original work, not just tightly interacting with it.

Matthew Flaschen

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