Symfony's views on the GPL

Hugo Roy hugo at
Wed Sep 23 15:54:21 UTC 2015

Nicolas, to dive more into this issue of Linking, you may have a look
at and more
specifically the PDF attached (can't remember the URL of this one).

However, as Sam noted, the Linking exception is not in the standard
GPL, but an additional licensing clause added by the licensor. See for a rough overview.

↪ 2015-09-23 Wed 17:11, Sam Liddicott <sam at>:
> Of course the license also covers distribution of works, not development.

Technically, the GPL covers all works “based on the [GPL] program” so
it does cover developped works and not just the distribution of such
works. Of course, the main obligations arise when you distribute such
covered software which is why a lot of the focus is on distribution.


Hugo Roy – Free Software Foundation Europe
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