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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre



Alexandre Oliva wrote:

If it's silly, then you shouldn't have any problem showing where it is
executed as part of "the Program",

Execution is irrelevant, because copyright law doesn't apply to this
act.

Does that mean you disagree with the FSF claim that it is not permitted to distribute non-GPL'd software that dynamically links to unique libraries only available under the GPL? And the GPL's 'work as a whole' concept doesn't apply to the running program? If it is actually permissible to deliver any combination of components separately under different licenses with tools to combine them at run time, then the GPL is not nearly as harmful as I've believed.

It is *distributed* as part of the program, and that's what copyright
law restricts by default.

Which is irrelevant if you have permission to distribute all parts. It is only the weirdness of the GPL denying the right to distribute under many conditions that even makes this a question.

And it's distributed as inseparable part of
the program while at that.

I don't see how you can say it is inseparable when the firmware downloader understands the separation perfectly - and nothing else really needs to. Or that it's a part of the program since it gets installed on different hardware - except maybe for the CPU microcode.

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