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Re: GPL is like a cancer


From: Thufir Hawat
Subject: Re: GPL is like a cancer
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:26:16 GMT
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On Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:32:26 +0200, Alexander Terekhov wrote:


> David Kastrup wrote:
>> 
>> Rjack <address@hidden> writes:
>> 
>> > "As we were going over the scan results I noticed a very interesting
>> > trend. The GPL licensed software tends to assimilate quite a bit of
>> > BSD-style and public domain source code. By including that other
>> > source code it ends up spreading like a cancer."
>> > http://questonsecurity.blogspot.com/2009/04/gpl-license-is-like-
cancer.html
>> 
>> Hm?  The whole point of BSD-style and public domain source code (and
>> what the proponents are proud about) is that it is _intended_ for
>> assimilation into differently licensed software.
> 
> Hm? The whole point of the BSDL'd and the public domain source code is
> that it (original source code released under the BSDL or
> entered/dedicated/ in/to the public domain) is "_intended_" to remain
> under the BSDL and (respectively) the public domain.


What, precisely, prevents the GPL code from using BSD code (copy/paste)?  
The inverse is prevented, however.


-Thufir


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