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Re: GPL and command-line libraries

On Mon, Dec 06, 2004 at 12:51:34AM -0500, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> A compiler can only perform a transformation from source to object form 
> programmed into it by its creators; it is neither an author nor capable 
> of creativity; it can this not produce an original work of authorship or 
> thus a derivative work.
> If A is derivative work of B, then the compiled form A' is probably too.
> If A is not a derivative work of B, then A' is not either.

I seem to recall someone arguing that A' containing inlined functions
from B would constitute a form of "derivation". At least distributing A'
would also be distributing parts compiled from B.

Regards, David
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