Posted Sep 27, 2007 11:34 UTC (Thu) by drag
In reply to: Aggregation
Parent article: GPL enforcement: waiting for the Monsoon
Well in the GPl license is specificly states that aggregations are except.
> These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole. If
> identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Program,
> and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in
> themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those
> sections when you distribute them as separate works. But when you
> distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based
> on the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of
> this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the
> entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it.
> Thus, it is not the intent of this section to claim rights or contest
> your rights to work written entirely by you; rather, the intent is to
> exercise the right to control the distribution of derivative or
> collective works based on the Program.
> In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the Program
> with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a volume of
> a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work under
> the scope of this License.
What this ultimately means is decided by the copyright code of a paticular country.
That is, being a copyright license, the GPL has no effect over anything that is not copyrighted/copyrightable or is not a derived work. I don't think the GPL could have any effect on a aggregated work even if it said it did.
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