LinuxInsider: GPL: Viral Infection or Just Your Imagination?
May 25, 2004, 23:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Albert)
"Most of us are afraid of getting infected with a virus, whether
it comes from a common cold or an attachment in our e-mail. Are
open-source licenses viral in nature? Can they infect downstream
users? The question is the subject of considerable debate.
"Companies refer to open-source software as 'potentially viral
software' in the end-user licenses that accompany their proprietary
software. The end-user license includes limitations against using
the proprietary software with open-source licensed software. On the
other hand, advocates of open-source licensing argue that drafters
of those end-user licenses have a vested interest in creating fear
of using open-source software..."