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Re: How long is it acceptable to leave *undistributable* files in the kernel package?

> Joe Wreschnig wrote:
> > For someone to claim that data compiled into a program but not executed
> > is "mere aggregation" is nonsense. Is a program that prints the source
> > code to GNU ls (stored as a string constant in the program, not an
> > external file) a derivative of GNU ls? Of course it is. This is
> > *exactly* analogous to the situation with firmware.

On Thu, Jun 17, 2004 at 01:48:08AM +0200, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> Could you please explain how exactly the derivation works in this case?
> And please bring forward some more convincing arguments than "this is
> nonsense", "this is obvious", or some broken analogy.

It's a compilation work.

[Some people might think that "compilation" and "aggregation" are the
same thing -- but the GPL goes to great lengths to specify that it does
apply where the compilation is a program and not where the compilation
is not a program.]


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