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

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Thu Aug 23 23:30:01 UTC 2007

Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> 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.

It's their interpretation of what derivative works may include.  No one
said you can't have your own.

Matt Flaschen

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