Dynamic linking, was: Re: Dispelling BSD License Misconceptions
cowan at ccil.org
Fri Jan 26 15:51:43 UTC 2007
Arnoud Engelfriet scripsit:
> Specifically written to work only with one particular other program.
> Then it's a derivative. It is based on one pre-existing work and
> cannot function without that specific pre-existing work. That makes
> it a derivative in my book.
That comes awfully close to saying that if you write an article arguing
for some position, and I write another article arguing against yours,
that my work is a derivative of yours, even if I don't quote you (or at
least not beyond fair use/fair dealing). That seems to me a socially
dangerous position (it would make life hard for lawyers!).
In particular, there exists the C Answer Book (Tondo & Gimpel), which
gives answers to the study questions in The C Programming Language
(Kernighan & Ritchie). I can't see that it is a derivative work, even
though it is hardly usable without K&R.
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