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Re: [Bug-gnulib] licenses again

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] licenses again
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 14:51:40 -0400

    Would this force all programs that #include gnulib header files to
    follow GPL?

1) For gnulib stuff that really is a "system component", this seems like
   a valid argument to me, since for example free programs include Sun's
   stdio.h on Solaris.  Why should they not be able to include an LGPL'd
   snprintf.h, then?  (Or whatever.)  However, I doubt rms/novalis would
   like this idea.

2) Regardless of that, the files which are originally LGPL'd can of
   course be retrieved in their original form, as both you and Bruno
   point out.

Is everything you need either a system component or originally LGPL'd?
If so, seems like you are ok.  If not, seems problematic.


P.S. The one time I asked rms to dual license something (brace expansion
code from bash) under GPL and LGPL, he said no.  Does rms know your
project is LGPL'd and agree with your reasoning?  If so, maybe he'd be
willing to allow all gnulib stuff to be dual-licensed.  Of course, he
barely knows what gnulib is (as far as I know), so the whole situation
is going to have be explained from scratch.

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