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Re: DFSG4 and combined works

On Sat, Feb 11, 2006 at 09:48:37AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg> writes:
> > If you want your binary to use pieces from the manual for help
> > strings, then your binary has to read these pieces from auxiliary file
> > which would be (speaking in the terms of GFDL) an opaque copy and
> > would be covered under GFDL.
> Likely not.  In all likelihood the result would be a single combined
> work.  Technical obfuscations do not defeat copyright law or software
> licenses.

If the binary doesn't even depend on the auxiliary opaque copy for its
work then there is no reason to consider them combined works.  Many
GPL-covered programs can print the text of GPL but this doesn't mean
that the text of GPL is part of these programs (the text of GPL can
not be part of these programs because it is covered under incompatible
with GPL non-free license).

Anton Zinoviev

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