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Re: Linux and GPLv2

Raul Miller <moth@debian.org> writes:

> On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 09:17:51PM +0200, Måns Rullgård wrote:
>> Thanks for mentioning command lines.  Running a program from the
>> command line, usually involves passing it options.  These options are
>> (obviously) copies of strings from the actual program.  Can this
>> copying be a copyright violation?  IMHO, it is no different, in
>> principle, from using function names declared in a header file.
> If you can find us a country whose laws make this illegal,
> this issue would be worth discussing.
> If the laws of that country were available in english, we
> could probably do justice to that (hypothetical) discussion.
> If there are any such countries, and they make a practice
> of enforcing such laws (rather than just having them on the
> books to confuse novices), we should probably put together a
> page warning people to about using computers in that country
> (or those countries).

You are obviously convinced that using a command line interface can't
be protected by copyright.  Why, then, are you so persistent in
insisting that other interfaces somehow are awarded such protection?

Måns Rullgård

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