Subject: Re: Zeo Developer Terms of Use
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:08:33 -0500

Chris Travers scripsit:

> But such an interpretation of derivative works would allow Microsoft
> to say "OpenOffice for Windows is a derivative work of Windows and we
> don't give permission for it to be distributed."  I recognize that the
> GPL doesn't draw this line, but the fact that it explicitly exempts
> such things makes that a matter solely of the license and not of
> copyright law in general.  Does anyone really think that Microsoft
> could prevail on such a claim though?  Does anyone (aside from the FSF
> perhaps) want Microsoft to have that option?

Like most vendors of proprietary libraries, Microsoft allows you to use
its libraries in programs under any license, though perhaps only on Windows,
so running OO.ofW under Wine might be problematic.  Not that anyone would.

A witness cannot give evidence of his           John Cowan
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  --Judge Blagden