An explanation of the difficulty of solving licenseproliferation in one sentence

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Wed Mar 9 19:33:31 UTC 2005

"Forrest J. Cavalier III" <mibsoft at> writes:

> Finally, mixing is almost never required. Most creators of
> derivatives have no need to mix code under two different licenses
> because they create adaptations which will retain the license.
> So we are arguing over what?  Less than 1% of the reuse cases?

I really could not disagree more.  I have seen many cases of attempts
to mix code with incompatible licenses.  The most obvious ones are BSD
people rewriting GPL library functions for GNU/Linux compatibility.


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