[JDEV] Question about licensing

Daniel Arbuckle djarb at wvc-omak.ctc.edu
Thu Oct 7 11:27:43 CDT 1999

>From the GPL, version 2

"These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole.  If
identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Program,
and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in
themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those
sections when you distribute them as separate works.  But when you
distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based
on the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of
this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the
entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it."


"This General Public License does not permit incorporating your program
into proprietary programs.  If your program is a subroutine library, you
may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications
with the library.  If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Lesser 
General Public License instead of this License."

Somebody mentioned libc6. If you look at the license for libc6, you'll see
that they included an additional "special exception" clause such as I
mentioned earlier.


On Thu, 7 Oct 1999, Thomas Charron wrote:

> Quoting Daniel Arbuckle <djarb at wvc-omak.ctc.edu>:
> > Actually, If your code uses a library under GPL, then your code has to be
> > GPL too. If we don't want to put this restriction on our users, we have to
> > explicityl state that "As an exception to the terms of this license, you
> > may link non-GPL code against this library." Or something simial. IANAL.
>   If this is indeed true, I'd like to see more research regarding this, becouse 
> I feel that we do indeed need this clause.  I see NO REASON why someone can't 
> release a transport, etc, using our libs that contain proprietary data, and 
> hence CANNOT be released under GPL..
> --- 
> Thomas Charron
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