WordPress, themes, and derivative works
Posted Jul 29, 2010 22:53 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
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You're saying the derivative work issue is specific to GPL because without GPL the application author couldn't distribute his application without the permission of the library author anyway, because the application is no good without the library and he would need the permission of the library author to distribute the library.
But who says the recipient doesn't get the library from someone else? The library author gives Mary a copy of his library, then the application author gives Mary a copy of the application.
It seems to me the derivative work issue is no more an issue with GPL-licensed stuff than with any other licensed stuff.
I agree with nye that people should keep clear in their minds what is copyright law and what is GPL. (Hint - if it stops you from doing something, it's not GPL. GPL only adds to what you can do). That prevents them from imagining that the author can control more than he really can.
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