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RMS on header files and derivative works

tomhudson (43916) writes | more than 3 years ago

Android 0

tomhudson writes "In this email from 2003, Richard Stallman says

"I've talked with our lawyer about one specific issue that you raised: that of using simple material from header files.

Someone recently made the claim that including a header file always makes a derivative work.

That's not the FSF's view. Our view is that just using structure definitions, typedefs, enumeration constants, macros with simple bodies, etc., is NOT enough to make a derivative work. It would take a substantial amount of code (coming from inline functions or macros with substantial bodies) to do that.

This should help end the recent FUD about the Android "clean headers"."
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