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Re: The draft Position statement on the GFDL

> >  For example: you can't take code from gcc and code from metafont and
> >  combine them to build a new compiler -- at least not under the
> >  current licenses of those programs.

On Tue, May 11, 2004 at 05:00:49PM -0300, Humberto Massa wrote:
> It's not forbidden to make copies, just to redistribute the copies of 
> the derived works.

What's your basis for making this statement?

> You can combine gcc and metafont and make a new compiler; you can even
> make a script that combines them, apply some patch to the combination,
> and compiles the result to get to your invention; what you can't do
> is to redistribute the resulting binary nor the resulting source.

Perhaps there's some part of the GPL that gives this permission which
I've overlooked?  If so, please quote this.

Perhaps you're talking about fair use, under copyright law?  Copyright law
is extremely significant and, at least in the U.S., fair use doesn't
extend this far.

> Gentoo and other source-based distros do not have the "OpenSSL GPL 
> problem": when you want some GPL'd program linked to OpenSSL, it's not 
> in their repository, but you can emerge it alright.

That doesn't mean that they are following copyright law.

Then again, I don't imagine the copyright owners have asked them to
stop, either.


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