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Re: How long is it acceptable to leave *undistributable* files in the kernel package?

@ 17/06/2004 19:34 : wrote Francesco Poli :

 Well, if MS Word is installed by unpacking a separate package, then
 it's merely data from the installer point of view. In this case, yes,
 the installer can be GPL'd. Just as dpkg(8) which is GPL'd, but, of
 course, using it to install a non-free deb package is not a dpkg
 copyright violation.

 It seems to me that the conclusion would be different if MS Word
 binary files were hardcoded as strings defined in the installer
 source code. In that case I would say the GPL'd installer is a
 derivative work of MS Word and thus undistributable. Anyway, I see
 that there are some people who claim that hardcoding a work as a
 string included in the source code of a program creates
 aggregation/anthology rather than a derivative work... So I expect
 that those people disagree with me on this latter case...

If MSW binary files were hardcoded as strings, the installer would be an "anthology" work. Still undistributable, by force of the fact that to distribute anthology works, you must do so respecting each and every autonomous work part of it. And of course, I suppose you don't have an authorization signed by Microsoft to transform MSW in a string and distribute it with your GPL'd installer.


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