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Bug#570621: Parsing output = derivative work?



On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 09:23:22AM -0800, Walter Landry wrote:
> Miriam Ruiz <miriam@debian.org> wrote:
> > In general, I wouldn't consider parsing the output of another
> > program to de a derivative work.
> 
> In general, I do agree with Miriam that parsing the output of another
> program does not make a derivative work.  But just to give an example
> of where it does happen, git is largely comprised of many small
> utilities that communicate over pipes and command-line arguments.

At first glance, that's a good point.  However, do you really mean to
say that all the git-* tools written by others should be considered
derivative works then?  Things like git-svn, git-cvs (oookay, so there
might be some doubt about those), things like git-buildpackage and
git-annex?  Would that mean that the GPL-3+ git-annex is in violation,
since most of the base Git is under a GPL-2 (no +) license? :)

G'luck,
Peter

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This sentence contradicts itself - or rather - well, no, actually it doesn't!

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