Combining GPL and non-GPL code

Chris Travers chris at
Sat Aug 18 20:04:50 UTC 2007

David Woolley wrote:
> Chris Travers wrote:
>> in terms of selection, ordering, and organization of the work-- since 
>> a telephone directory has no expressive elements in a basic 
>> white-pages list, there isn't much that is copyrighted outside of 
>> advertising) and 
> This might be the case for US law.  It appears to be the intent of UK 
> law that it is not the case of UK law, as there is copyright in 
> databases, which I believe is intended to cover exactly that case.
IANAL, but for the record, I did include disclaimers about this being 
specific to US law.

I would also suggest that copyright over databases might not cover data 
in the databases.  I.e. if I publish *your* phone number only, the phone 
company might not be able to allege a copyright infringemnet associated 
with the mere publication of a fact.

This does get back to the BSD-in-GPL question because, assuming 
different authorship and no assgnement of rights, the GPL work's author 
does *not* have rights to restrict code originally licensed by someone 
*else* under the BSD license.

Best WIshes,
Chris Travers

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