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Re: GPL question

From: rjack
Subject: Re: GPL question
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 09:57:50 -0400
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20070728)

Mike Cox wrote:

Where can I find this GNU GPL FAQ? Is it normative? Legaly binding?

It is legally binding in all courts exercising jurisdiction under the
the authority of the GNU Republic.

Again, is mere dynamic linking the same as "incorporating GPL-covered

17 USC Sec. 117 protects dynamic linking in memory unless contractually
prohibited. Why do I say unless contractually prohibited?

In 1976 Congress authorized The Commission on New Technological Uses:
"This is the area of computer uses... the The Commission on
New Technological Uses is, among other things, now engaged
in making a thorough study of the emerging patterns in this
field and it will, on the basis of its findings, recommend
definitive copyright provisions to deal with the situation."
--- House Report No. 94-1476

(See the last sentence of this CONTU report quoted below)

"One who rightfully possesses a copy of a program, therefore, should be
provided with a legal right to copy it to that extent which will permit
its use by that possessor. This would include the right to load it into
a computer. . . Should proprietors feel strongly that {Page 14} they do
not want rightful possessors of copies of their programs to prepare such
adaptations, they could, of course, make such desires a contractual matter."

**The federal courts follow these recommendations very closely**

Mike Cox (the_real_mike_cox)

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