GPL and LGPL question

Bruce Perens bruce at
Tue May 18 22:14:28 UTC 1999

I don't agree. It's just like the public-domain to GPL case. You have the
option to distribute the program under the LGPL. You choose the GPL. You
re-distribute that. The person to whom you redistribute it has the option to
use the GPL, just as you did.

I aggree "Original Software" is unclear regarding justt what instance it
refers to.



From: Seth David Schoen <schoen at>
> I agree, because of the paragraph that says
> 	Once this change is made in a given copy, it is irreversible for
> 	that copy, so the ordinary GNU General Public License applies to all
> 	subsequent copies and derivative works made from that copy.
> This allows for some situations which do appear to violate OSD 7.
> If OSD 7 is referring to all of the rights conveyed by a particular Open
> Source license (which it seems to), this interpretation is definitely
> correct.  If it's referring only to the rights guaranteed by the OSD, then
> LGPL 3 is still OK under the OSD because none of _those_ particular rights
> are ever denied by a user opting under LGPL 3 to put one copy of the program
> under the GPL.

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