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Re: [ROFL] GCC's GPLv3 "Updated License Exception"

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: [ROFL] GCC's GPLv3 "Updated License Exception"
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 09:09:04 +0000 (UTC)
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John Hasler <> wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie writes:
>> You're saying, I think, that this "boilerplate" code gives the
>> boilerplate's writer some degree of copyright in the executable program.
>> I'm not at all convinced o this.  Certainly, the world doesn't seem to
>> work this way in practice, in that if I write some code for a proprietary
>> OS, and build it with proprietary tools, the tool vendors don't sue me
>> for royalties.

> They grant you a license.  There once were compiler vendors who claimed
> that you owed them a royalty for every copy of a program compiled with
> their compilers.

OK, got you!  These other compiler vendors have, presumably, long since
ceased to exist.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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