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Re: GNU License, Again

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: GNU License, Again
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 08:09:04 +0100

Seg, 2007-05-21 às 20:40 -0700, mike3 escreveu:
> On May 21, 4:46 pm, David Kastrup <> wrote:
> > John Hasler <> writes:
> > > mike3 writes:
> > >> A GPL program, which is NOT mine, and an original program ("my own"
> > >> get it?, code) which IS mine.
> >
> > > The combination of your code and someone else's GPL code may only be
> > > distributed under the terms of the GPL.  However, this does not
> > > prevent you from seperately distributing the portion of the
> > > combination that is entirely yours under any terms you see fit.
> >
> > This is not the FSF's reading of the law: otherwise the distinction
> > between GPL and LGPL would make little sense, in particular in the
> > presence of dynamic linking.
> >
> But what is the _rationale_ for this, then? What is the _rationale_
> for you not being allowed to separately distribute the portion that
> is entirely yours (ie. that you made)?

You can separately distribute the portion, but it has to be under
compatible terms (preferably the same) since the only effective form for
your work to, well, work is to have the combined form.

If not, the end result is that you remove the right to redistribute from
your users, which is incompatible with the GNU GPL and thus not


+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

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