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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [general] Sun will take GPL License?
Date Fri, 10 Nov 2006 15:06:28 GMT


Dalibor Topic wrote:
> Geir Magnusson Jr. <geir <at> pobox.com> writes:
> 
>> Classically, licensors seem to just make a statement about it.  
> 
> Yup, authors should know best what terms apply to their works. Practically
> speaking, if they went with the GPL, Sun could just say "it's not 'viral' for
> all the practical purposes" and that would be the quick end of any scary
> problem, I guess.
> 
>> For 
>> example, see the Hibernate clarification to the LGPL, or how MySQL just 
>> basically told the FSF that the GPL *is* compatible with the Apache License.
> 
> Judging from the FOSS exception license text[1], what MySQL did was to simply
> add an exception to the GPL, that permits software under a set of open source
> licenses to create derivative works. I believe that's what you meant, right?

That wasn't my read - I read it that you can now combine software from 
MySQL that is under the GPL with software under the Apache License (for 
example), which is something that the FSF has explicitly prohibited.

geir


> 
> cheers,
> dalibor topic
> 
> [1] http://www.mysql.com/company/legal/licensing/foss-exception.html ...  it has
> the familiar "As a special exception to the terms and conditions of version 2.0
> of the GPL" ring.
> 
> 

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