For Approval: GPLv3

Alexander Terekhov alexander.terekhov at
Wed Aug 29 19:18:33 UTC 2007

On 8/29/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > On 8/29/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
> >> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> >>> Me stupid is of opinion that BSD license includes nothing but BSD license.
> >> The BSD license allows use under the terms of the GPL, without
> >> referencing the GPL.  Again, this is because the rights under BSD are a
> >> superset of GPL.
> >>
> >> The point: Use of BSD code under the terms of the GPL doesn't violate BSD.
> >
> > You're still missing the point: the GPL states that your recipients
> > get the license from the
> > original licensor (and that means BSD, not GPL), not you.
> Again, the original licensor (BSD licensor) does provide rights under
> GPL, supplemented by additional permissions, which is consistent with
> section 7.  The BSD license isn't /phrased/ as GPL+permissions, but
> that's exactly what is.

So says the GNU Law Postulate Zero:

    Each and all licenses out there is the GNU General Public License just
    may be with additional permissions and/or restriction added, if any. Heil
    GNU and BOO to incompatible restrictions (permissions are not quite that
    evil but oughta be removed as well).


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