Submitted for Approval: OSL 3.0 and AFL 3.0

Alex Bligh alex at
Mon Sep 12 11:52:49 UTC 2005

--On 12 September 2005 12:18 +0200 Chris Zumbrunn <chris at> wrote:

>> I believe that if the facts support it (as per the example you were
>> thinking of), i.e. where there is a single GPL'd library clearly
>> designed
>> to link to other things, there is a good case that linking does not
>> create a derived work.
> I don't think it is "derived work" that triggers the snowball effect in
> the GPL license.
> Clause 2 b) of the GPL says: "You must cause any work that you
> distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived
> from
> the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge
> to all third parties under the terms of this License."
> The trigger is the "contains" not the "is derived".

True, but if the work concerned is not a derived work of the GPL'd
work, then it can be distributed without reference to the GPL, as it
does not require a license from the GPL'd work's owner.


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