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NewsForge: Licensing primer, part two: a look at GPL from the BSD side

Oct 26, 2000, 22:37 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"No Open Source software license is perfect. The BSD licenses allow closed-source proprietors to swipe code created under it and turn it into non-free software. And while the GPL license seems to be completely unrestrictive in its freedom, in actuality, some say, it ends up more restrictive. In fact, opponents of the GPL say that it infects code like a virus."

"The offending part of the GPL license, according to the BSD guys, is section 2b, which states: "You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties under the terms of this License." (For a GPL perpective, see Part 1.)"

"The way anti-GPL'ers see it, even the tiniest code snippet can force an entire project to be handed over to the GPL, which could be disastrous for a proprietary software company, and extremely distasteful for a programmer who just wants to maintain control over his own creations."

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