It's so obvious it's not even funny
Posted Mar 28, 2009 20:02 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Aggregation as derivation
Parent article: OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL
Or how about the suggestion that "mere aggregation" creates
Actually GPL specifically says that "mere aggregation" is allowed
because of course "mere aggregation" produces derived work (such compound
works are governed by special rules in many jusrisdictions thus they are
not "usual" derived works, but they are derived works nevertheless).
Collected stories were inveted hundreds of years ago - and usualy they need
specific permissions from all authors. If Joe hates Jane and says that he
does not want to see their works under some cover... well - that's it.
Compare with GPL which specifically says that authors don't care if
unrelated story is placed under same cover.
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).
That's not exactly true: copyright law can supersede GPL but since
default is "you have no right to distribute this period" GPL can force you
to do many different things. In many countries you have rights beyond
license (for example usually you can change anything in program - even in
binary, proprietary blob - if it's the only way to make program work on
your hardware), but usually all such rights are limited to private
modifications (you can publish info about how program should be modified to
work with hirdware like yours but generally you can not distribute modified
version without license).
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