Combining GPL and non-GPL code

Wilson, Andrew andrew.wilson at
Thu Aug 2 21:58:29 UTC 2007

John Cowan wrote: 
> the typical tarball in which a work in
> source code form is delivered is a lot like an anthology, only even
> thinner because ordering is alphabetical.  That is, you have a bunch
> of files in it, each under its own license.  If you compile and
> link them into a binary and there are GPLed components, you must
> follow the GPL with respect to that binary.  But just taking a file
> out of the tarball, that's much more like copying the chapter as
> described above.

Ah, but we weren't talking about extracting an identifiable
individual file from an archive; the GPL hypo was reaching
inside a single GPL-licensed file and extracting a subsection
which is marked as being originally BSD-licensed.

Andy Wilson
Intel open source technology center

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