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Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?

From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: LGPL or GPL+"plugins welcome" ?
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 10:03:06 +0200

On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 00:07:18 -0700
Ben Pfaff <> wrote:

> Stefaan A Eeckels <> writes:
> > The file "COPYING" at the top of the 2.4.18 kernel
> > source tree says:
> >
> > [...note from Linus followed by GPL...]
> >
> > Now this should be interesting to those engaged in
> > copyright pettyfoggery, as Linus clearly violated the
> > copyright notice on the GPL when he added his note. 
> I don't see how adding a preface to the GPL can be construed as a
> copyright violation.

Strictly speaking, it's not a "verbatim" copy :-)

I did say it was about pettyfoggery, didn't I? 
Like claiming that copying a file from a tarball into one's
own project is the same as a browser making a copy in its
cache, or that first sale and the unlimited availability
of "legal copies" of GPLed software allow one to avoid 
accepting the GPL for the purposes of copying and distribution.

Take care,

"What is stated clearly conceives easily."  -- Inspired sales droid

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