[linux-elitists] How is it possible to have a dual licensed Linux Distro.
Fri Aug 31 17:04:24 PDT 2007
Quoting Ben Finney (email@example.com):
> Any work of creative expression recognised under copyright law
> automatically has a copyright holder. A GNU/Linux distribution, if it
> involves such creative expression, can thus be licensed as a whole by
> its copyright holder, and can even be dual-licensed, as with any other
> Of course, such a distribution would be a derived work of all the
> parts that comprise it,
Hereby disputed. Actually, on reflection, I'll just say "No, sir."
"Derivative work" as a term of art within copyright law needs to be
carefully distinguished from bundling without derivation (what FSF
likes to call "mere aggregation"). Most constituent codebases on a
typical Linux (GNU/Linux, whatever) distribution are highly unlikely to
ever be judged derivative works of each other.
(IANAL, TINLA, YADA.)
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