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Re: Looking for an open source license..

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Looking for an open source license..
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 17:35:02 +0200

"Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
> The Modifed BSD license are in no way `incompatible' with the GNU GPL.
> It is listed as a GPL-Compatible, Free software licenses.  The may list whatever RMS wants as (in)compatible to the GPL. Here
is a kind of a hint for you...


We paid the FSF to have them provide us these answers. So these answers 
are verified correct by people like FSF lawyer and law professor Eben 

Question: Can someone for example distribute

1. GStreamer, the LGPL library
2. Totem, a GPL playback application
3. The binary-only Sorenson decoder

together in one distribution/operating system ?

If not, what needs to be changed to make this possible ?

Answer: This would be a problem, because the GStreamer and Totem
licenses would forbid it. In order to link GStreamer to Totem, you
need to use section 3 of the LGPL to convert GStreamer to GPL.


See? Convert GStreamer to GPL. That's LGPL Section 3.

3. You may opt to apply the terms of the ordinary GNU General Public
License instead of this License to a given copy of the Library.  To 
do this, you must alter all the notices that refer to this License, 
so that they refer to the ordinary GNU General Public License, 
version 2, instead of to this License. 

And the BSD doesn't allow conversion to the GPL. So how the heck 
could it be "compatible"?


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