2013/9/22 John E. / TDM <tdragon@tdragon.net>
On 9/22/2013 12:29 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> A few rather short files can be considered neither copies nor
> substantial portions of the MinGW runtime.

Continuing with the file I referenced by way of example, I would argue
that its unique purpose in providing the specific runtime executable
environment that it creates gives it substance. One cannot make use of
necessary functionality without that file. Ergo, the portion of the
Software that it represents, and that will become part of the final
executable, is not negligible and must therefore be substantial.

I don't really want to continue arguing in this vein, however, because
neither of us is a copyright lawyer. I'm not trying to create FUD, just
seeking clarity for that which may already exist.

> However, I agree that it would be better to state the fact that
> programs produced using MinGW headers and runtime libraries do not
> require any license copy to go with them

I'm glad we agree on this. :)

I had a similar concern about Launchpad translations a few years ago [1]. My claim was that translations downloaded from Launchpad should include the BSD license, as well as projects reusing them. I suggested there to change the licensing terms from "translators give you their work as BSD" (which "infects" every derivative work) to "translators give you their work as any BSD-compatible license you wish to use".

The infection I was claiming is similar as that of MIT license here, so I tend to agree with you. The matter is, at which point it stops being code *produced with* a MIT or GPL work, for start being code *containing parts* of that same work? I don't know well, and it's hard to find good clarifications on the web.

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad/+bug/478902


-John E. / TDM

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