How To Break The GPL
arandir at meer.net
Tue Mar 7 04:18:46 UTC 2000
On Mon, 06 Mar 2000, Schilling, Richard wrote:
> BUUUUUUUUUUUUT (here it comes) . . . in the third setence, (starts with "But
> when you distribute . . .") if Alice's Program is BASED ON software
> licensed under the GPL, then the GPL applies to Alice's program. In the
> original scenario, where Alice distributed a library to Bob, Alice's work
> was BASED ON the GPLed code, and therefore would fall under the GPL.
The problem with this is that the GPL is very clear about what a "work based
on the Program" means. Section 0 defines it as:
"a "work based on the Program" means either the Program or any
derivative work under copyright law"
It doesn't matter what you or I thinks "based on" means. All that matters
is what copyright says about derivative works, since that is how RMS defined it.
If you take that phrase in section 2 and replace it with "derivative work", it
reads very differently.
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