Subject: Re: Effect of the MySQL FLOSS License Exception?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 20:48:24 -0400

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. scripsit:

> Unfortunately, you started off wrong and ended with a questionable
> observation. First, it is not well settled that a binary is a
> derivative of source; that is akin to saying a copy is a derivative
> of the original.  In a metaphysical sense, we can debate the point,
> but there is no debate in the copyright sense.

Since none of the relevant licenses permits copying but forbids
derivative works (the QPL, exceptionally, forbids the *distribution*
of derivative works, but not their creation), this is a distinction
without a difference.

John Cowan
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the shoulders of giants."
        --Isaac Newton
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