Subject: Derivative works and international copyright
From: Sujita Purushothaman <sujita@mimos.my>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 17:38:33 +0800

hi,
   I'm a little confused on this issue, would appreciate list members' 
opinions.

Assumption : The issue of whether linking to a library constitutes a 
derivative work or not depends on a court ruling it to be so, which has 
not happened yet.
(please correct me if I'm wrong)

Question : If a court in country A decides that linking is indeed 
creating a derivative work, can a court in country B decide the 
opposite? If both countries are signatories of the Berne Convention, 
should country B automatically accept country A's definition of 
copyrighted work? If not, and if a court in country B decides the 
opposite, can authors in country A protect their copyright (linking of 
libraries = derivative work) in country B?


Thanks,
Sujita


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Sujita Purushothaman				
Research Engineer, Open Source Development, MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia.
http://www.asiaosc.org

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