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Re: The GPL means what you want it to mean

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: The GPL means what you want it to mean
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 15:16:58 -0400
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SomeBloke wrote:
On Thu, 02 Apr 2009 08:00:34 -0400, Rjack wrote:

Don't like the GPLv3's provisions? Just issue an exception to its terms
when convenient!

"I wanted to note that the FSF has just released an exception (the
first?) to GPL3 under Section 7 (that allows "additional permissions" to
negate other terms of the GPL3) that is quite interesting in this

If you write a new law and subsequently don't like it then just announce
it doesn't *really* mean what says it means. ROFL.

"Developing nonfree software is not good for society, and we have no
obligation to make it easier. We decided to permit this because
forbidding it seemed likely to backfire, and because using small
libraries to limit the use of GCC seemed like the tail wagging the dog."

The GPLv3 has 5645 words when you include the "How to apply..."
addendum. If that weren't confusing enough, you may now go out into the
cyberworld and find what new exceptions the Masters of the Universe have
added -- before they sue you in federal court in New York for violation
of their 5645 word copyright contract that doesn't mean what they said
it means. ROFL.

Rjack :)

Why should I care what the Federal court in New York decides when I live 3300 miles away across the Atlantic?

You shouldn't.

There is also the point that the GPLv3 is not the be all and end all of the license. You can mix and match licenses depending on the source of the libraries and/or purpose.

It looks to me that the exception to the GPLv3 license as it applies to the GNU GCC compiler allows for altered licensing in respect of proprietary modules used overall within an application.

But then I am not a lawyer so take the above with a large pinch of salt! If I'm wrong I'm sure that someone will correct me!

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