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Re: how much is too much?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: how much is too much?
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 22:00:19 -0500
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Isaac writes:
> Well, the copyright statute says that one of the exclusive rights of the
> copyright holder is the *preparation* of derivative works.  (See 17 USC
> 106).  You don't have to distribute or copy such works in order to
> infringe.  Creating a derivative work without is enough.  It is not clear
> to me that the literal words of 2(a) of the GPL do not apply to someone
> who modifies code on his own system.

I think that 17 USC 117 applies here.  I also think that the infringement
would be ruled de minimus.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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