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Re: European Directive on Copyright Law (91/EC/250) wrt open source

For those not wanting a version in Microsoft Word with (?)Estonian, this directive's text is also available in English HTML at http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31991L0250&model=guichett

Other languages can be found by using the number 31991L0250 on EUR-Lex via http://europa.eu.int/

On 2004-05-02 13:07:38 +0100 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl@lkcl.net> wrote:

where such libraries could be construed to have "interfaces", and
where the GPL is used to force a monopoly position, then any company

GPL cannot force a monopoly (in the meaning of EU Competition Law), can it? Monopolies are dominant businesses, not dominant literary works. I'm sure we've had EU-GPL-FUD because people misunderstood that before.

or open source project with an incompatible license is entitled to
request a compatible license and if they do not receive one they
are entitled to treat the "interface" - i.e. the header files and
effectively the entire library - as not being subject to copyright

Can you tell me what part of the directive actually says that, or which you are basing this conclusion on, please? I did not find it at a first inspection. I did see there are limited rights to decompilation and I'm not sure whether a GPL-covered work would be classed as not "readily available" thereby qualifying for that section.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give,

My Opinion Only and possibly not of any group I know.
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