Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Aug 2006 17:04 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The GNU General Public License is one of the most widely used software licenses - and, undoubtedly, the most misunderstood. Some of this misunderstanding comes from hostile propaganda, but some also comes from a lack of experience in licensing issues on the part of both lawyers and lay users, and the use of standard language in conventional end-user license agreements that are unthinkingly coupled with the GPL. In all cases, the confusion is frequently based on misreadings, rumors, secondhand accounts, and what is convenient to believe."
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RE: GPL is viral
by Brandybuck on Thu 31st Aug 2006 19:52 UTC
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2006-08-27

You are indeed correct that the GPL is viral. And it is viral by deliberate design. Microsoft grossly exaggerated the viralness, but that is a separate issue.

If you take ten lines of GPL code and stick them into a ten million line code base, then the entire code base release has to be under the GPL. So there is legitimate concern over this, and companies are justified in banning the use of GPL source code and libraries. You can't have developers copying trivial snippets of code off the web for your non-GPL project.

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