GPLv3's secretive Additional Terms

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Apr 22 14:03:19 UTC 2010

opensource.*.nwo at scripsit:
> > Sure they can.  That's the license of Guile, for instance; GPL, but you 
> can
> > use Guile in arbitrary programs including proprietary ones.
>   That makes no sense. GPL's main idea is being viral, remember? LGPL was 
> created to deal with your example.

The license of Guile (which isn't actually used by Guile any more) is different
from the LGPL.  With the LGPL, you have to deliver your application in such a way
that it's possible to update the LGPLed component.  With the license of Guile,
there is no such restriction.  Both are the GPL with additional permissions.

> > If you're the copyright owner, you can license the code any way you want.
> If you're the copyright owner, that gives you the right to choose a 
> license, not to rewrite licenses and still call them by their brand name.
> P.S.
> I've noticed you sent this privately to me, so I replied privately. Not 
> sure why.

An error on my part.  I'm redirecting back to the list.

John Cowan    cowan at
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which familiarity is limited, it is sometimes better to stick to merely
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