Calling GPL code from a Python application

Grant Edwards grante at
Wed Jan 4 13:22:53 EST 2006

On 2006-01-04, Mike Meyer <mwm at> wrote:

>> So is putting that program behind a web server and letting
>> others execute it.
> That's pretty clearly a public performance. One has to wonder
> whether or not the exemption for program execution would apply
> to such?

I don't think it needs to.  They're not giving anybody a copy
of the program.  They're giving people a copy of the data that
was produced when the program was run.  AFAICT, the copyright
on a program does not apply to data produced when the program
is run.  Just because the FSF holds the copyright to gcc, that
doesn't give it any rights over the code it generates when you
run it.

> Of course, in cases where it matters (i.e. - I provide public
> access to my legally purchased copy of the Brittanica, or some
> such), copyrights on things other than the program come into
> play. Possibly multiple copyrights.


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