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Re: Bug #189164: libdbd-mysql-perl uses GPL lib, may be used by GPL-incompatible apps

On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 12:20:39PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> Steve Langasek wrote:
> >It is not "mere aggregation", for the same reason that a bug in a
> >library that makes it unusable by applications is a grave, not a
> >critical, bug: one piece of software is not "unrelated" to another if
> >the former depends on the latter.

> Ah, I get what I was missing earlier... so you're claiming that there's 
> a legal status for a combination C of A and B, which does *not* make C a 
> derived work derived from work B, but where C is also not a mere 
> aggregation of work A with work B.

> I don't think there is.  I could be wrong, of course.  IANAL.

I'm sorry -- IANAL either, and I was not aware that "mere aggregation"
was a legal term at all.  I'm discussing the concepts, as present in the
DFSG and the GPL, and explaining why I believe that, if the GPL places
requirements on applications that use GPL libs, this doesn't violate

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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