conducting a sane and efficient GPLv3, LGPLv3 Review

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Aug 1 12:24:20 UTC 2007

Alexander Terekhov scripsit:

> Is there any followup to this exciting development of Rosen-vs-GNU
> wisdom? :-)

Just that the disagreement between Larry and most other people is of
long standing and unlikely to go away, but has hitherto been of little
practical effect.  My own view (IANAL), is that Larry is probably right
on the letter of the law, but that community practice counts for a lot
too, even in court (judges have been known to look to the way the
relevant community traditionally interpreted standard contracts, e.g.).

It may or may not be legal to create combined works with GPLed and
proprietary parts, but it is definitely tacky and you shouldn't do it.

John Cowan  cowan at
The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own
skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among
other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague.  --Edsger Dijkstra

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