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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 14:54:31 +0200
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Chad Whitacre <> writes:

>  > If the code you copy is non-trivial ... then copyright law goes
>  > into effect.
> So the criterion is triviality? Do you know if this is documented
> anywhere? I don't see it in the GPL itself, and a cursory googling
> for "non-trivial gpl" doesn't turn up anything definitive-looking.

It has nothing to do with the GPL.  It is copyright law.  It applies
only to works of "sufficient creative height" (that's more or less a
translation of the respective German term).

So please read up on the copyright laws of your land.  The GPL does
not tell you what it takes until copyright applies.  It only tells you
your rights _when_ it applies.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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