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LinuxInsider: GPL: Viral Infection or Just Your Imagination?

May 25, 2004, 23:30 (20 Talkback[s])
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"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..."

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