Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe
[Note: I don't know enough about Eclipse and Kaffe to make any comments
on that specific issue. Instead, I'm responding to some of the things
Michael has written.]
On Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 11:41:08PM -0800, Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> You know, just because the FSF has claimed for many years that linking
> forms a derivative work doesn't make it true.
Of course not.
It's laws and precedents -- particularly those grouped under the principle
which is termed "contributory infringement" which makes it true.
Fundamentally: the law isn't concerned with the precise details used to
create and distribute a copy. It's more concerned with the existence
of those copies and with assigning responsibility for their existence.
> Put aside the FSF's entrenched position for a moment. Consider a
> magazine article which contains newly coined words that are defined in
> a sidebar written by a separate author.
I believe the relevant aspects of this issue are adequately addressed
in the GPL under the heading "mere aggregation".
> Needless to say, most people in the free software world take the FSF's
> claims at face value -- hey, their General Counsel is a law professor
> at Columbia!
Ad hominem, and irrelevant.