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Re: how much is too much?

From: Per Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: how much is too much?
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 13:53:32 +0200
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Chad Whitacre <> writes:

> I'm trying to determine what the threshold is in terms of lines of code 
> I can copy/paste from GPL software before coming under the GPL myself.
> Is this issue spelled out anywhere?

It depends on local interpretation of copyright law.  

The FSF use 10 normal lines as a very rough guideline for accepting
patches without explicit copyright assignment.  This doesn't mean that
10 lines is the law, but that the FSF themselves are unlikely to sue
over such trivial code pieces.

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