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Re: Combining proprietary code and GPL for in-house use

On Thu, Jun 28, 2001 at 12:40:45PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> What if Debian, White Knight of Free Software, distributes A (a GPLed
> library) and obeys the GPL completely, and doesn't distribute anything
> non-GPLed which links to it at all; but FooCorp, Evil Geniuses that they
> are, makes an apt source and distributes B .debs which can happily link
> to A as distributed by Debian [0].

linking creates a derivative work.

creation of a derivative work is regulated by copyright.

in this case, you're describing the creation of a derivative work which
violates the license on the original work.

> In particular, you'll note that in this scenario FooCorp doesn't
> distribute *any* GPL'ed code themselves, and in the alternate
> scenarios they don't even need to have the GPL'ed code on their
> systems at all.

They're distributing a work derived from GPL'd code.  [They're supposedly
granting users the right to use such a work.]


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