French GPL-compatible License

Thomas Linden tom at
Mon Jul 12 21:24:11 UTC 2004

On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 07:54:49PM +0200, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> It is not a good idea to write new licenses in general.
> 	Please, where possible, use an existing widely-used license
> 	for your software that is known to be compatible with the General
> 	Public License (GPL),

You can read everywhere about this 'gpl-compatibility' thing. But what
is compatibility in fact? IMHO this has to mean one license is
compatible to another and back. Which is not the case with the GPL. Of
course it is always possible to create a new project which uses some
different licensed code and release the whole thing under the GPL. Yes.
But it is *not* possible to create a new project, use some GPLed code
and release the whole thing under the BSD license, because of the unique
infecting behavior of the GPL.
So, if you talk about gpl-compatibility, you should clearly state that
you talk from the GPL point of view, not in general.

kind regards, Tom

 Thomas Linden   (  tom at co dot daemon dot de
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