conducting a sane and efficient GPLv3, LGPLv3 Review

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Fri Aug 3 16:54:33 UTC 2007

Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> The copyleft provision purports to infect independent, separate works that are
> not derivative of the open source code, and requires
> that such independent works be licensed back to the
> licensor and the entire world under the GPL.

This doesn't seem correct to me.  Only works "that in whole or in part 
contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof" must be 
licensed under the GPL.

> The Copyright Act does not give the copyright owner rights to such
> independent nonderivative works.

Entirely independent, non-derivative works can remain proprietary.

Matt Flaschen

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