[Linux-aus] Meaning of object code/binary format/executable format in GPL/BSD style licenses
mlh at zip.com.au
Fri Sep 22 12:58:01 UTC 2006
On Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 02:31:02PM +1000, Benno wrote:
> Sorry, I'll be more clear. If I have someone elses code, and the only
> license I have to use it is the GPL, that gives me the right to use and
> redistribute the code + binaries given some conditions.
> Now, if I transform that code, say, into a call-flow graph. And lets just
> assume that my call-flow graph generator is my own proprietary code. Now
> I want to distribute the output. Is that output:
> 1/ Modified source-code. (In which case it must be released under GPL)
> 2/ An object file. (In which case it also must be released under GPL)
> 3/ <something else>. (In which case the license gives me no right, and hence
> I can't distribute it.)
IANAL, but surely the answer is that it must be under the GPL,
since the process is equivalent to what a compiler does.
Compiling GPL code with say, Intel's C compiler doesn't relieve
anyone of any responsibilities of the GPL when distributing the
resulting exectubles/object code.
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