[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

David Woolley david at djwhome.demon.co.uk
Tue Dec 19 18:41:14 UTC 2006

> frowns on it.  More importantly, the clause 8 restriction is a clause of
> the GPL; thus, the GPL hardly self-destructs when it is specified by the
> copyright holder.

Actually, the option isn't to impose restrictions but to give additional
permissions, namely to permit distribution in certain countries, when
the basic GPL would have forbidden distribution in all countries.
It's probably only worded in terms of restricted countries because, at
the time of drafting, software patents were only a problem in a few 
countries, and, in any case the set of countries in the world keeps 

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