Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Michael Poole
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 07:53:26 EST

Matt Keenan writes:

> Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> Err, no. Software, per legal definitions in Brazil, US and elsewhere,
>> require some physical support. That's the hard disk in the TiVO DVR,
>> in this case. I don't see how this matters, though.
> I'm now intrigued, where are these (Brazilian and US) definitions
> stipulated, and under what authority?

In the US, 17 USC 101 (the "Definitions" section of the title dealing
with Copyright) makes this definition:

A "computer program" is a set of statements or instructions to be
used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about
a certain result.

As its purpose is to outline the scope of copyright law, this
definition is made under the authority granted to Congress by Article
I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.

Michael Poole
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