Subject: Re: license recommendation
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:37:12 -0400

David Woolley scripsit:

> Compiling it is normally considered making a modified (derivative)
> version,

AFAIK compiling is considered copying: object code *is* source code
in the eyes of the law, just as a microfilmed copy of a book *is* the

> and in some countries, copying into computer memory in order
> to execute it, etc., is considered copying for copyright purposes (I 
> believe this is the case in the UK, but not the USA).

It's copying in the U.S. too, but it's allowed by a special exception
in the copyright law.


Me either.

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