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Re: [PEAR-QA] PHP License

On Wednesday 24 August 2005 01:38 am, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> I fail to understand why the licence under which the PHP programming
> language resorts, can govern software under the GPL, since the PHP licence
> only mentions derivative works, not applications written in that
> programming language. If phpbb would be a PHP-derivative you would be
> completely correct. But it's clearly not, so in what way do those terms
> apply to it?

I'm pretty sure it is a PHP-derivative.  It relies on all sorts of built in 
PHP functions to create the finished work.  Perhaps...  PERHAPS...  the code 
you download for phpbb, on its own, MIGHT be a separate and distinct work, 
but it's not "phpbb" until it's merged with PHP functions to create the 
finished, derived work.  Now, some might claim a defense under (s)107(a)(1) 
of the U.S. Copyright statute that says that "copy or adaptation is created 
as an essential step in the utilization of the computer program in 
conjunction with a machine and that it is used in no other manner" is not 
infringement...  but just because it's not infringement does not make the 
resulting work a derivative work.

So that's why the terms apply,

Sean Kellogg
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