FC4 or FC5

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Jun 15 18:47:47 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-06-15 at 13:20 -0400, Sean wrote:

> > How could by application be derived by this definition?  The library routine is
> > only there to do a function or to supply data that my program needs.
> > 
> > My program is not formed from this  GPL library in question.
> > 
> Well it's really up to the lawyers to decide, so i can only speculate.  It
> seems that in the case quoted by Les, the package was found to be a derivative
> work, legally.

It wasn't a case and there wasn't a finding.  It was a threat, based
on the FSF lawyer's interpretation that the person trying to distribute
a free program couldn't afford to challenge or ignore.  A workaround
was managed with a great deal of extra trouble.  Had it been a
patent issue, a workaround would not have been possible, though.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmiksell at gmail.com

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