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Re: GPL & code concatenation

Robert Millan <rmh@aybabtu.com> writes:

> Suppose you have a chunk of code that implements initialisation of
> an MSDOS executable. If you concatenate a payload (raw code) after
> it, you obtain a .exe that runs your code (at a specific, agreed
> upon, address I think).
> My question is, would such combination qualify as a derivative
> program as per GPL requirements?

Wrong question: the GPL, like any copyright license, doesn't have any
say over what is a derivative work.

Whether a work W is a derivative work of another work X is a function
of your local copyright law. Thus, the answer depends on a judge's
interpretation of your local copyright law; please consult a lawyer
who knows your jurisdiction.

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Ben Finney

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