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From: CDTobie@aol.com Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 17:23:49 EDT The licensing rights to control distribution of the software and derivatives thereof. If you open most any profile, you will find a tag bearing a copyright notification. I guess I would wonder on what basis they claim copyright on data generated by the program. That would seem equivalent to a compiler vendor claiming copyright on the assembly language output of a compiler, which generally seems nonsensical (I haven't even heard of Microsoft trying to do that). I suppose that they might embed other copyrighted material in the profile. For example, parsers generated by Bison (the GNU equivalent of yacc, a common UNIX tool for generating parsers) do embed some other code verbatim (bison.simple and/or bison.hairy), and *that* part of the code is covered by the GPL, although the FSF grants a special exception for that file. However, if you were to elide that code from the generated parser, there would be no issue. Is it possible to separate the (presumably) fixed, copyrighted part of the profile from the rest of the data, and replace it with something else? -- Robert Krawitz <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.tiac.net/users/rlk/ Tall Clubs International -- http://www.tall.org/ or 1-888-IM-TALL-2 Member of the League for Programming Freedom -- mail email@example.com Project lead for Gimp Print/stp -- http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net "Linux doesn't dictate how I work, I dictate how Linux works." --Eric Crampton - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.