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Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe

Ken Arromdee <arromdee@rahul.net> writes:

> On Fri, 14 Jan 2005, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> First, there's a separation exception:
>>   If identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the
>>   Program, and can be reasonably considered independent and separate
>>   works in themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply
>>   to those sections when you distribute them as separate works.
>> This means that it's fine for Kaffe and Eclipse to be distributed
>> separately.  But it's not OK to throw them both on a CD and label it
>> "Debian OS", if running eclipse loads a program made out of copies of
>> Kaffe and Eclipse.
>> There's also the OS exception, which Debian can't use...
> There's a third exception.  The implicit exception "if you're not
> doing something which requires permission from us in the first
> place, then we can't prevent you from doing it".  I think people are
> arguing that it falls under the third exception, not the other two.

A copy of a creative work (Kaffe) is being distributed.  That this
doesn't require permission from the copyright holder is unlikely.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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