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Re: Linux and GPLv2

> > Those .h files were held to be not protected by copyright because no
> > viable alternatives were available to interface with the system.

> > It's hard to see how this reasoning would apply in a context where there
> > is some viable alternative available to interface with the system.

On Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 04:15:57AM +0200, Måns Rullgård wrote:
> Alternative to what?  There can be no alternative to the full set of
> interfaces to the system.  Are you trying to argue, that several
> interfaces exist, use of each one is protected due to the existence of
> the others?

For example: gcc provides a command line interface as an alternative to
rebuilding gcc every time you need to compile a program.

> Suppose there is only one interface, such that it, per your reasoning,
> is not protected.  Now add another.  Does this addition suddenly make
> the first interface protected?  What if they were created in the
> opposite order?

That all depends on the design of the program in question, how it's
documented, how it's licensed, and so on...


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