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Re: work with GPL and GPL with extra note

Brian M. Carlson <sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx>:

> .\" The GNU General Public License's references to "object code"
> .\" and "executables" are to be interpreted as the output of any
> .\" document formatting or typesetting system, including
> .\" intermediate and printed output.

> The second paragraph is what I am most concerned about. Is it possible
> to combine a work that is pure GPL and a work that is GPL with this
> "interpretation clause"?

It would be better if the paragraph had read "interpreted to include"
instead of "interpreted as". As it is, an obstructive author could
conceivably object to you embedding the documentation in a program by
claiming that your binary is not "object code" or an "executable" in
the special, restricted sense used in the licence. However, unless the
copyright holder is known to be evil, I personally wouldn't worry much
about that possibility: if they really meant to modify the meaning of
the GPL they should have done it more clearly and explicitly.


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