Combining GPL and non-GPL code

David Woolley forums at
Thu Aug 2 06:57:14 UTC 2007

Roger Fujii wrote:

> You are missing the mechanics of how licenses work.  These things
> are all source/receiver based - that is, the last person in the

That conflicts with a basic concept in the GPL, the "public".  The 
concept is that indirect recipients also receive a valid licence.  There 
may be belt and braces wording, but, basically the theory is that the 
GPL is a bare licence, not a contract, so doesn't require offer and 
acceptance at each step.

I don't think the FSF would intend that other bare licences for parts of 
GPLed code should not be "public".

David Woolley
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