Derivative/collective works and OSL
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Mon Feb 7 22:25:49 UTC 2005
Chuck Swiger scripsit:
> Indeed? I just tried using Babelfish (http://world.altavista.com/tr),
> but my browser didn't handle Cyrillic well enough for me to attempt the
> return translation.
When I tried it, it came back "Spirit is willingly ready, but flesh is weak."
> I think the analogy between assembling software components from
> seperate authors into a finished program and an anthology of short text
> articles is useful.
Then if a tarball with multiple authors is a collective work, and if compiling
source code to object code produces a copy rather than a derivative work,
then the compiled executable is also a collective work by virtue of being a
copy of a collective work.
And if that is so, then the assumption of the GPL's authors that compiling and
linking GPLed and non-GPLed code produces a work that can only be distributed
under the GPL is flat wrong, for the executable is not "a work based on the
Program" (derivative work) but is a "mere aggregation" (collective work).
All die. Oh, the embarrassment.
The Imperials are decadent, 300 pound John Cowan <jcowan at reutershealth.com>
free-range chickens (except they have http://www.reutershealth.com
teeth, arms instead of wings, and http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
dinosaurlike tails). --Elyse Grasso
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