GPL and LGPL question

Paul Crowley paul at
Wed May 19 12:04:39 UTC 1999

Bruce Perens <bruce at> writes:
> FSF will never strike LGPL #3 . It would go against their stated goal
> of having all software free for them to do so.

Further, to distribute a program that combined GPL and LGPL-#3 code
would be a violation of the GPL (where LGPL-#3 means a license
identical to the LGPL except for the omission of Clause 3).

IMHO as many licenses as possible should include such a clause, but
no-one should exercise that clause when distributing modified
code. This gives us GPL compatibility without GPL restrictions.
Better yet, allow conversion to the LGPL, which transitively allows
conversion to the GPL.
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