Dynamic linking, was: Re: Dispelling BSD License Misconceptions
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sun Jan 28 22:01:06 UTC 2007
Ben Tilly wrote:
> In my opinion it should be a judgement call based on how closely
> connected your code is with the design of GNU readline. Remember that
> copyright is not just intended to apply to literal copying. For
> instance if I write a short story and Mickey Mouse appears in it, I'm
> going to hear from Disney's lawyers.
Yes, but probably on trademark grounds.
Even though I have not copied
> anything exact, I can still be derivative of it. Likewise if my code
> makes liberal use of ideas and memes created by GNU readline, there is
> an argument that I'm derivative of realine regardless of whether I
Ideas and memes alone shouldn't be enough to create a derivative work
under copyright law.
> Of course my opinion is influenced by having read
> http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Kernel/proprietary-kernel-modules.html in
> detail and then having thought about how the changing richness of the
> Linux kernel module API has changed Linus' opinions about when a
> binary module is a derived work of the Linux kernel. (And why.)
That is a quite interesting compilation.
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