[sldev] Re: Interpreting the GPL

Argent Stonecutter secret.argent at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 17:26:15 PST 2007


On Mar 5, 2007, at 9:36 AM, Gigs Taggart wrote:
> To clarify, the question of what constitutes a derivative work or  
> not is determined solely by copyright law.  The license can't  
> change that.

I think you need to take that up with the FSF and their lawyers,  
because the definition they use doesn't match anyone else's,  
including the LPF's, which is interesting... considering that the FSF  
and the LPF are largely the same group of people. :)

> The license can allow certain derivative works of course, but it  
> could get kinda tricky.  I think it would be difficult to construct  
> an exception to the GPL that allowed closed source plugins, that  
> didn't have unintended side effects.

The LGPL would, as would the Classpath exception.



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