Re: GPL and linking
Raul Miller wrote:
> Actually, it tries to define "work based on the Program" in terms
> of "derivative work under copyright law", and then incorrectly
> paraphrases that definition.
It's probably worth noting that "derivative work" and "work based on
the Program" are spelled differently. What's not clear, to me, is
whether the word "that" refers to the "d" phrase or the "w" phrase.
Careful study sheds no insight into this burning issue.
??? Let's try again: '' The GPL tries to define "work based on the
Program" in terms of "derivative work under copyright law", and then,
after this definition and a colon, it tries to explain what is a
"derivative work under copyright law", but gives a wrong explanation,
which would remain wrong even if only USC 17 was considered as a global
copyright law. ''
See? The GPL says, in its section 0, caput, with  braces mine:
''a "work based on the Program" means either the Program or any
derivative work under copyright law [definition #1]: that is to say, a
work containing the Program or a portion of it, either verbatim or with
modifications and/or translated into another language [explanation, #2].''
I don't know if the meaning of "paraphrase" is the same in English as
its Portuguese cognate, so maybe the misuse of this word is the only
error in his analysis...
[If I read the GPL, I can't find where it paraphrases the "d" phrase.
On the other hand I can't figure out how someone could claim that
the GPL incorrectly paraphrases the "w" phrase.]
> There has been so much silliness written about this topic ...