For Approval: GPLv3

Chris Travers chris at
Sun Aug 26 18:58:16 UTC 2007

Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Donovan Hawkins (hawkins at
>> On Sat, 25 Aug 2007, Chris Travers wrote:
>>> Therefore, even if OSD section 9 grounds are not sufficient cause for 
>>> rejection, we should consider rejecting on the basis that this is a 
>>> license which tries to be redundant with the GPLv2
>> No, it tries to be a better GPL than v2, for suitable definitions of 
>> better.
> My understanding is that this (above) is not what OSD#9 concerns, in any
> event.  OSD#9 essentially says your licence cannot prevent inclusion of
> other software that is _mere_ distributed with (alongside, nearby) the
> covered software.  Mr Travers's view notwithstanding, this very
> obviously has nothing at all to do with compatibility with works
> encumbered by the covered work's copyright.
So, if the Aladdin FPL (the reason for #9) merely referred to "collected 
works" and so forth, where the Copyright Act does give them exclusive 
rights of control, would it be OK?

I would argue that the GPL3 forces such a collected work (though 
arguably only based on functional definitions and requirements and 
therefore possibly beyond any copyright of its own as a whole) and then 
forces its license onto every part of that collected work.


Best Wishes,
Chris Travers

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