Subject: Re: Can Java code EVER be GPLd, at all?
From: (Bruce Perens)
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 14:14:36 -0800 (PST)

From: Justin Wells <>
> I am trying to assert that the parties to the license accept that runtime
> linking constitutes a derived work.

Don't just do that for runtime linking. There are other mechanisms, such
as object brokers and server-izing your code, that permit the same thing.

The problem is that copyright law does not recognize _reference_ as a form
of derivation unique to software and hypertext. You can, however, write
restrictions on reference into your own license.