Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Sat Nov 22 22:33:17 UTC 2003

Marius Amado Alves <amado.alves at> writes:

> When I say 'viral' I do so without any prejudice
> whatsoever.

The word itself is somewhat prejudicial, though, as rather few people
have positive connotations for the word ``virus.''

I think a better word here is ``sticky.''  The GPL is a sticky
license; once it is attached to code, it can't be removed.  The BSD
license is not sticky; it can be removed (or at least the most
important provisions can).

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