Choosing a license
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri May 11 18:36:28 UTC 2007
Bruce Alspaugh wrote:
> So what this all means is that if an MPL project attempts to link to a
> GPL library, the GPL will apply to the entire combined work due to the
> "viral" nature of the GPL.
Yes, the whole would probably (possibly depending on the nature of the
library) have to be licensed under the GPL.
> However, the terms and conditions the GPL imposes on the MPL code
> are incompatible with the terms and conditions of the MPL license.
> Thus, the combined work can never be released without an alternative
> GPL-compatible license being offered.
Yes, every part of the combined work must be under a GPL compatible license.
> On the other hand, if LGPL code links to GPL code or is copied into GPL
> code, the terms and conditions of the GPL would apply to the entire
> combined work, but the license terms and conditions are otherwise
> compatible. However, we could not combine the enhancements back into
> the LGPL library.
I think that's correct. LGPL code can be used in GPL code, but not
> So theoretically the Mozilla Foundation and the FSF could work together
> to make their respective licenses compatible.
Theoretically. But I don't really understand the "complex restrictions
that make it incompatible"
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