Subject: RE: "Derivative Work" for Software Defined
From: "Lawrence E. Rosen" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 17:48:24 -0800

> Can someone clear up the difference between "mere 
> aggregation" and a "collective work"?  

As far as I can tell, a "mere aggregation" IS a "collective work."  The
former term has no meaning in the copyright law.  

> Is Red Hat Linux a 
> "collective work" or a "mere aggregation" of many different 
> software packages, some of them GPL, some under other open 
> source licenses, some of them not?

I believe it is a collective work.  

/Larry Rosen

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