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Re: GNU licenses

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 11:57:54 +0200 (CEST)

   Oh, so it's not just to keep the GNU'd software free, but it's
   also, and this seems more important, to create NEW free software by
   "force" if you will.  If you want to use GNU code in your program
   then ALL of your ORIGINAL WORK related to that program has to be
   GNU as well, you can't just publish that code FRAGMENT and keep the
   rest secret and under your control.

If you use GPL code in your program, then you have accepted the GNU
GPL (see section 5 of the GNU GPL).  Nothing is was done by force, you
explicitly accepted the license by using the GNU GPL licensed code in
your program.

   So then are you saying that this guy, Thomas Biskup, is in
   VIOLATION of the GNU General Puqblic License because he is
   withholding the full source code to his computer game, Ancient
   Domains of Mystery, which is compiled and built (and written!!!)
   with GNU libraries such as PDCurses?:

Please stop confusing "GNU libraries" which is any library part of the
GNU system, and libraries licensed under a particular license.
PDcurses is not a GNU library.  Is PDCurses licensed under the GNU GPL
or the GNU Lesser GPL?

   Ie. it's designed to not only keep the already-free software free
   but also to force people to make their own _original works_ free if
   they want to use GNU free code. To me this seems like a way to
   bring down the software industry and get rid of creator's rights to
   profit or control their OWN works.  Is that what you are saying?

Nobody is forcing you, you accepted the license out of your own free


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