Subject: Re: Initial Developer's Public License
From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 09:12:53 -0500

Alexander Terekhov scripsit:

> To my uneducated understanding, that's similar to
> 
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0387954015
> 
> To me, this book is a "mere aggregation" of papers/works 
> with some "glue" (start up code, etc ;-) ). Aggregation 
> doesn't make this whole book [just like the executable] 
> a derivative work of its "components". 

Indeed, it's plainly a collective work.

> I tend to think
> that executables are like Java JARs (JARs are simple 
> archives of java classes files and any other "data"
> stuff). I just can't see how a copyright in one Java 
> class can affect other classes (even if something is 
> inherited/composed/linked with the other(s)).

Presumably object code is a derivative of source code, however,
and so a JAR file, while it is a collective work with respect
to bytecode, is a collection of derivative works with respect
to source code.  Native executables aren't simply collections,
however; linkers break up and redistribute the individual
object files into different regions of the executable.

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