[License-discuss] Red Hat compilation copyright & RHEL contract

Bradley M. Kuhn bkuhn at ebb.org
Wed Sep 11 14:00:28 UTC 2013

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz wrote at 04:31 (EDT):
> Frequent cases are submitted when developers (in particular European
> administrations and Member states) have build applications from
> multiple components, plus adding their own code, and want to use a
> single license for distributing the whole compilation.

While the description you give there is a bit too vague to analyze
against the USA copyright statue (i.e., the example lacks any real world
facts), I'd suspect that the default case of that situation, at least in
the USA, is the creation of a new single work that derives from those
components, plus their own code.

The compilation copyright situation, at least in the USA, comes up more
with putting a bunch of unrelated works on the same medium, like a CD
ISO image.  Making a single work of software that includes many
components is very different from mere compilation.
   -- bkuhn

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