Aggregation as derivation
Posted Mar 28, 2009 19:33 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: Midway v. Arctic International
Parent article: OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL
Or how about the suggestion that "mere aggregation" creates derivative works?
Yes, quite irrelevant. It doesn't matter because the GPL allows "mere aggregation", so it is not important if the result is a derivative work or not.
Actually the GPL doesn't even care about derivative works, it says that you can distribute the software with or without modifications if you comply with certain conditions -- and "mere aggregation" with proprietary software is allowed. Of course you cannot distribute original or derivative works without a license, and the GPL wouldn't even kick in if you are not doing this distribution; but once you do distribute you have to follow the rules in the GPL (not copyright law).
IANAL (in case you haven't guessed).
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