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Re: Licensing question about the BSD

From: Isaac
Subject: Re: Licensing question about the BSD
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 22:00:03 -0500
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On Fri, 05 Aug 2005 17:57:00 +0200, David Kastrup <> wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>> Bruce Lewis wrote:
>> [...]
>>> GPL'ed code.  Your application's dependence on the GPLed code is very
>>> likely to make it a derivative work.
>> "Various claims made by the FSF, conflating engineering dependencies 
>>  with copyright infringement, are not correct as a matter of law and 
>>  do not form part of the agreement accepted by a licensee when 
>>  exercising the license granted in the GPL. Therefore, 
>>  notwithstanding the drafters' intentions, the GPL text as written 
>>  does not compel the release of source code for independently 
>>  authored software components that use (or are used by) GPL programs 
>>  through any of the usual mechanisms employed elsewhere in the 
>>  software industry. GPL "enforcement" actions that proceed on this 
>>  basis, including those against NeXT and MCC which resulted in the
>>  assignment to the FSF of copyright to the Objective C and C++ front
>>  ends to GCC, operate under false pretenses."
>>    -- Michael K. Edwards, Will the Real GNU GPL Please Stand Up?, 
>>       unpublished draft 10th June 2005.
> Too bad that the courts and the legal departments of companies like

Which court decisions are in disagreement with Mr. Edward's position?


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