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From: Alexander Terekhov (terekhov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-10-13 08:01:26

Jonathan Wakely wrote:
> As I understand it (which is not in *any* way authoritative) if the
> authors give permission for me to use the code under the GPL (which I
> think amounts to dual-licensing it to me as Boost and GPL?) then I am
> free to modify their original code, still under the GPL. The modified
> version then has my copyright (which I assign to the FSF) _and_ the
> original authors copyright statements on.
> Alexander, whatever your views on whether the GPL can be upheld, you
> seem to be pretty knowledgable on copyright issues, have I got it even
> partly right?

I think you got it right. The only question is how much of original
and derivative (colloquially) work "deserves" the copyright
protection. I bet that in the case of SmartPtr, when honestly
applied, filtration step of the AFC test will entirely eliminate
copyright protection for any decent implementation.


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