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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre



Simo Sorce wrote:
On Sun, 2008-06-29 at 12:39 -0400, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
The GPL is not the only license that protects code released under it
from incorporation into proprietary products.  But some clauses in the
GPL prevent interoperability with other software that (for whatever
reason) was released under different licenses that even the FSF
acknowledges are in the spirit of freedom and open source.  That's too
bad for free and open-source software.

Copyleft licenses are by nature incompatible with a number of other
licenses, and it's not because they are 'veil', a brief thinking about
the reasons for strong copyleft will make it evident why some licenses
are incompatible with others.

Perhaps there are places who want to prevent better versions than their own from ever being available and use this to justify the GPL restrictions on combinations with other components. From a user's perspective, though, this is just as harmful as any other anti-competitive ploy to limit choices. And unfortunately, even if the business reasons to maintain the restrictions on a particular product go away, the restrictions, once applied, never do.

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  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com


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