Re: [GPL] No linking with proprietary programs: where?
On Wed, Apr 05, 2000 at 01:52:39PM -0400, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> As a general legal rule, you cannot assume that A+B is legal, even if
> A separately is legal and B separately is legal; the combination can
> still be illegal.
Individual characters are not copyrightable. Works composed of individual
characters are. There has to be a transition somewhere [unless copyright
The topology of this transition would be incredibly messy to fully
describe [many laws have similar problems with edge conditions]. So,
courts tend to focus on the specifics of individual cases (what people
have actually gone out and done) rather than trying to solve all the
hypotheticals all at once.