Re: How long is it acceptable to leave *undistributable* files in the kernel package?
On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 06:00:43PM -0400, Michael Poole wrote:
> Temporarily setting aside the questions I raised elsewhere about
> whether any kernel copyright holder has legal standing to complain, I
> believe it goes back to the argument whether the "mere aggregation"
> clause applies.
Here's the sentence which uses the phrase "mere aggregation":
In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the Program
with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a volume
of a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work
under the scope of this License.
I think this is pretty clear.
Let's say that A is a GPL'd work and B is some other work.
If A and B are both parts of the same program, then the "mere aggregation"
sentence does not provide an exception.
If A and B are not parts of the same program -- for example, if they are
two separate programs in the same archive -- then the "mere aggregation"
sentence does provide an exception.