"viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)

Ian Lance Taylor ian at airs.com
Wed Apr 6 19:31:19 UTC 2005

"Scott Miller" <scott at opentrac.org> writes:

> 'Viral' also implies
> propagation, and 'reciprocal' doesn't.

Yes, precisely, and the GPL doesn't propagate.  If the guy in the seat
next to me on the plane sneezes, I get his viruses.  That's viral.
That's not how the GPL works.  You have to invite the GPL into your
code; it doesn't slip in against your wishes.


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