Subject: Re: balance
From: Stephen Turnbull <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 22:32:40 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Bruce" == Bruce Perens <> writes:

    Bruce> From: Stephen Turnbull <>
    >> No, he's saying that if he happens to use a variable name like
    >> "a-very-long-name-so-the-bloody-dynamic-scoping-wont-bite", and
    >> it also happens to be used in a GPL'd work, he must then GPL
    >> his work.

    Bruce> If he didn't copy it, it's not a copyright infringement.

Is that really a legal fact?  You have to prove a deliberate act of
copying to show infringement?

In any case, in practice claims of independent original composition
don't get you out if the expression is identical, unless at the very
least you can claim plausibly that you had no access to the allegedly
infringed work.  That claim won't fly with free software.

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