What About What Constitutes a "Derived Work?"
Posted Dec 11, 2003 15:01 UTC (Thu) by mimurphy
Parent article: The GPL Is a License, not a Contract
What about the problem of what constitutes a 'Derived Work?' If I look at a bunch of GPL code then work on a proprietary product, wouldn't there be an exposure to the claim that the proprietary product is now a 'derived work' of that GPL product?
So, if the proprietary product were to be released... it would have to be under the GPL to avoid damages, lawyer fees, and distribution-stopping injunctions.
Considering the ever increasing availability of GPL software, it would seem to get more and more difficult to claim that no GPL software has ever been looked at.
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