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Derivative works, Copyright/CopyLeft, Open source licenses

Postby norms » Sun May 16, 2021 6:39 am

 Edit: Split from topic Has OpenOffice died? 
Derivative Works.

I am about to publish my book "The Little Horn of Daniel (End Time Prophecy 101)" and I have qualms about the definitions under copyright or copyleft and the licenses that govern open source software. I am worried that my work which was largely done with Apache Open Office version 3.4.1 will in the future come under what may be the legal definition of a derivative work. While it is not a program the use of the open source program may make my book be partly owned by Open Office, as a derivative work. I have yet to see a case which has been decided that defines it, so that becomes case law. I am anticipating that this issue could pose a bit of a problem later.
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Re: Has OpenOffice died?

Postby robleyd » Sun May 16, 2021 8:17 am

OpenOffice.org 3.4.1 is not an Apache product - at that time Oracle was the 'owner' of the application and licensing was under LGPL version 3 [Source Wikipedia]

In any case, the license is not applicable to works produced using the application, but rather to software applications based on and derived from the source of the particular application. See also https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.ht ... sOutputGPL

Note - I am not a lawyer so my advice may only be worth what it cost you.
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Re: Has OpenOffice died?

Postby RoryOF » Sun May 16, 2021 8:47 am

Your text is not in any way owned by OpenOffice, any more than it would be owned by a typewriter, supposing you had used such to write it.
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Re: Derivative works, Copyright/CopyLeft, Open source licens

Postby MrProgrammer » Sun May 16, 2021 5:45 pm

norms wrote:I have qualms about the definitions under copyright or copyleft and the licenses that govern open source software. I am worried that my work which was largely done with Apache Open Office version 3.4.1 will in the future come under what may be the legal definition of a derivative work. While it is not a program the use of the open source program may make my book be partly owned by Open Office, as a derivative work. I have yet to see a case which has been decided that defines it, so that becomes case law. I am anticipating that this issue could pose a bit of a problem later.
Since you have a legal question, you should consult with a local attorney who practices in this field of law, not ask in a user-to-user forum with people from around the globe. No one here can provide legal advice for you.
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