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Re: GNU License, Again

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU License, Again
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 00:37:44 +0200
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mike3 <> writes:

> 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)?

The Free Software Foundation is not interested in facilitating the
development of proprietary software.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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