MS-PL/GPL compatibility, was Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License

Alexander Terekhov alexander.terekhov at
Thu Aug 23 21:53:57 UTC 2007

On 8/23/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> >> The GPL only applies to derivative works under U.S. copyright law.  If
> >
> > Yeah, right.
> I should have said, "It only applies to derivative works or equivalent
> under copyright law".  If everything is happening in the U.S., the U.S.
> concept of derivative work is what counts.

Ten bottles of best German beer to you if you'll manage to get
FSF/SFLC go on record with that regarding GPLv3 and confirm that bits
like "the source code for shared libraries and dynamically linked
subprograms that the work is specifically designed to require, such as
by intimate data communication or control flow between those
subprograms and other parts of the work" is nothing but drivel about
derivative works under Copyleft Act in the GNU Republic.


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