Two important issues...

Andrew C. Greenberg werdna at
Wed Feb 19 12:06:50 UTC 2003

On Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at 04:30 AM, Avi Bryant wrote:

> Well, from a licensing point of view, all that matters is what images 
> are
> distributed, say from the download site.

Although it is a widely held misconception by much of the Open Source 
community, this statement is probably legally naive.  Combining 
incompatibly licensed software will probably create a scenario where, 
under U.S. Copyright law at present at least, the use of the combined 
image would be an infringement.  The MAI and Southeastern cases make 
execution of a program a "reproduction" under Section 106.  Unlicensed 
reproduction constitutes an infringement, and so forth. . .

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