GPL with the Classpath exception - clarification needed

Alon von Bismark at
Fri Mar 27 20:25:48 UTC 2009

2009/3/27 John Cowan <cowan at>:
> Roger Fujii scripsit:
>> Assuming you agree that a "C" Program A, calling a non-system GPLed
>> "C" library L, means that Program A must be GPLed, under what logic
>> do you think this works by?
> It works because the work AL.exe generated by linking A with L is
> a derivative work of L, *not* because A itself is a derivative work
> of L.  (That's according to the FSF theory of the effect of the GPL.
> The alternative theory, openly espoused by a minority, is that AL.exe
> is only a collective work, and therefore the GPL is no stronger than
> the LGPL.)


When calculating the probability of someone being in a minority are
you using Bayesian probability theory or is it just an epistemic
community mindset sort of thing?



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