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From "Sam Ruby" <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: fair use (was Re: What licenses in category X satisfy criterion #2?)
Date Wed, 05 Mar 2008 18:08:50 GMT
On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 12:57 PM, Joe Schaefer <joe_schaefer@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>  --- Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:
>
>  > On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Joe Schaefer
>  > <joe_schaefer@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
> > >  Perhaps we should refine #1 to ask "What is the
>  > >  licensing on the actual product we distribute?".
>  > >  This would allow us to ignore questions about
>  > >   build
>  > >  dependencies and test suite dependencies and
>  > >  startup
>  > >  scripts, since the licensing on those chunks of
>  > >  software do not impact the licensing on the
>  > >  actual
>  > >  product.
>  >
>  > Then there are components like JSP which compile
>  > things on the fly,
>  > and scripting languages which have no build
>  > dependencies.
>
>  Copyright law concerns tangible expressions of
>  authorship.  Software which compiles things "on
>  the fly" then would impact the licensing on the
>  runtime (executable), not on the tarball we
>  distribute.
>
>  It is my position that until the policy addresses
>  the two questions I have asked as separate issues,
>  we will continue to chase our tail here.

That's a fair observation.  And I will add that I had momentarily
forgotten that you were talking about point #1.  What may or may not
be needed at runtime is a point #2 issue, as you have defined it.

- Sam Ruby

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