Re: GPL and command-line libraries
Måns Rullgård wrote:
Lewis Jardine <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
What is the correct term for a work that combines two other works,
created without creative input?
An anthology, or a compilation, I think.
From Title 17, Sec 101:
A ''collective work'' is a work, such as a periodical
issue, anthology, or encyclopedia, in which a number of
contributions, constituting separate and independent
works in themselves, are assembled into a collective whole.
A ''compilation'' is a work formed by the collection
and assembling of preexisting materials or of data
that are selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a
way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an
original work of authorship. The term ''compilation''
includes collective works.
I don't think those are the appropriate terms; it would appear that a
compilation (including collective works) need to be original works of
authorship. That requires creative input.
If it isn't creative, it isn't a work under copyright law. See, e.g.,
Fesit v. Rural Telephone Service, holdings (a) and (b).
AFAICT, the output of the compiler is treated under copyright law the
same way the source code would be; I supect the best term we have for
this situation is "mere aggregation" of two seperate works. IOW, 'ld' in
this case is performing the same function 'tar' normally would.