Bundling and the GPL
Posted Jun 23, 2006 22:06 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Bundling and the GPL
Parent article: Harald Welte on the flood of GPL violations
I'm not saying that we should forget about "derived work" question - I just think it's silly to start with this quite complex question where there are hundreds of less-subtle violators around.
You seem to have forgotten the topic of this thread, which you started. It isn't
where is the reasonable place to start in advancing or understanding GPL. It's what is the more interesting GPL-related legal question.
The most interesting case is not binary modules per se but combination of binary module and kernel!
And then sepreece
wrote, in contradiction:
The more interesting question, today, is "what is a derivative work."
I agree with sepreece. The derivative work question is more interesting than the collective work one. If an author can stop you from independently distributing your entirely original code because it gets used with the author's code, that's worth a headline. If a certain way of shipping a bundle of software is found to be creating an indivisible new whole -- that's kind of a yawner.
Also, in terms of impact on the world -- a derivative work finding is pretty hard for a distributor to work around. A collective work finding just means the distributor has to bundle somewhat more loosely.
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