Calling GPL code from a Python application

Karl A. Krueger kkrueger at
Wed Jan 4 02:58:48 EST 2006

Steven D'Aprano <steve at> wrote:
> As far as I know, US copyright law does not give an exemption for
> temporary copies in working memory (although I could be wrong about that).
> Here in Australia, our government (for once getting it right!)
> *explicitly* gives such an exemption to our copyright law.

Actually, the U.S. does as well:

> (We also have the explicit right to make backup copies of legal software,
> although Australian copyright law is firm that this is for backup ONLY,
> and not a "backup *nudge nudge wink wink*".

An analogous provision exists in U.S. law, indeed in the same chapter
cited above.  It also covers copies made in the course of repairing a

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