[License-discuss] GPL linking exceptions
flyx at isobeef.org
Mon Jul 2 16:48:57 UTC 2012
does a linking exception to the GPL require approval, or may a software be called open source whenever it is licensed under the GPL, even when the publisher grants the user additional rights?
There are some licenses around that add a linking exception to the GPL. The one I use is the GNAT Modified GPL ; but there are also others like the exception in the license of the GNU Classpath project . Both licenses are not mentioned on the OSI site.
I think the core question is, does adding a linking exception to the GPL create a completely new license (which would need approval as open source license), or does it still count as licensed under the GPL and thus open source?
I think it would be a good thing if this question was answered by the FAQ.
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