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Daemon News: Restrictively Unrestrictive: The GPL License in Software Development

May 02, 1999, 14:09 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Maxwell)

"In this article, I hope to highlight the importance of the BSD license and similar licensing systems, and compare these to the GPL license. I hope to show that the GPL is more concerned with political extremism rather promoting free software, and I also hope to show that the GPL is "restrictively unrestrictive" and is not all it claims to be."

"... the General Public License is not so much about ``keeping free software free'' as it is about forcing us to accept the extreme Communistic political philosophy of Richard Stallman and others at the Free Software Foundation..."

"... the fact that the GPL can infect code derived from other GPL'ed programs, as well as the fact that the output of some GPL'ed programs must also be GPL'ed, is unacceptable. In fact, it should be contested over its shaky sense of legality in these matters..."

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