GPL really free was Re: [Fsfe-ie] 1-page letter, faxes at the ready (IFSO, irish org)
s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com
Sat Sep 27 19:44:20 CEST 2003
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On 26 Sep 2003 at 15:43, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> > It's leagal
> > status is debatable (and not wholly of interest to me).
> I'm a legaly-interested fellow, there's currently no valid claim
> that GPL is not enforceable.
I don't think the problem is whether it's enforceable, it's when it
applies and when it does not.
For example I personally would say that proprietary code can use a
GPL library if it's in a DLL and no GPL code found its way into the
proprietary binary so long as the proprietary work is a work in its
But GNU disagrees in its GPL FAQ. Legal opinion appears to be very
divided on this one. If you apply the AFC test for determining
copyright derivationness, I think I'm right for most binaries. I'm
currently arguing this one with a fellow on fsfeurope actually.
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