License Committee Report for July 2007

Alexander Terekhov alexander.terekhov at
Tue Jul 31 22:08:49 UTC 2007

On 8/1/07, Alexander Terekhov <alexander.terekhov at> wrote:
> On 7/31/07, Wilson, Andrew <andrew.wilson at> wrote:
> [...]
> > you think).  Look specifically at the case of a GPLv2-only program
> > linking to an LGPLv3 library where the "system library" exception does
> > not apply.  GPLv2 says the entire Combined Work
> > falls under its copyleft.
> Speaking of which, how does that (LGPLv3 aside) relates to OSD#9:
> "License Must Not Restrict Other Software... Rationale: Distributors
> of open-source software have the right to make their own choices about
> their own software"?
> Well,
> says that
> "Yes, the GPL is conformant with this requirement. Software linked
> with GPLed libraries only inherits the GPL if it forms a single work,
> not any software with which they are merely distributed"?
> but I just grasp what is meant by phrase "single work" and distinction

can't grasp, I meant.

> regarding an aggregation of GPLvX work with other works (e.g.
> libraries) with which it is merely distributed (?"Combined Work"?).
> Any help?  TIA.


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