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Re: how much is too much?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: how much is too much?
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 14:05:59 +0200
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Per Abrahamsen <> writes:

> 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.

Uh, no.  That means that the FSF themselves believe that they are
unlikely to get sued over such trivial code pieces.  And that they
believe nobody could claim based on that that the FSF has dirty hands
when they sue for copyright misuse themselves.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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