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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre

On Jun 18, 2008, Matthew Saltzman <mjs clemson edu> wrote:

> On Wed, 2008-06-18 at 14:54 -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> On Jun 16, 2008, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell gmail com> wrote:
>> > I've explained that the GPL prevents me from sharing original work
>> > that links to both GPL and non-GPL libraries.
>> And I've explained that it doesn't, and asked you to cite the passage
>> of the GPL that prevents you from doing it.  You haven't bothered to
>> do it, and instead decided to keep insisting in this nonsensical
>> claim.  Please stop spreading lies.  We're past the point in which you
>> could claim ignorance as to this point.

> Wait--Alexandre, are you saying that I could take a GPL library and,
> say, a CPL[1] library, write a program that links to both libraries to
> create new functionality and legally distribute source code or a
> statically or dynamically linked executable version of my program
> licensed under either the GPL or the CPL?

No.  I'm just saying that it's not the GPL that prevents you from
distributing it.  It's copyright law.  The GPL merely refrains from
granting permission for you to do something that, without such
permission from copyright holders, you can't do in the first place.

Alexandre Oliva         http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
Free Software Evangelist  oliva {lsd ic unicamp br, gnu.org}
FSFLA Board Member       ¡Sé Libre! => http://www.fsfla.org/
Red Hat Compiler Engineer   aoliva {redhat com, gcc.gnu.org}

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