Bug#181493: Is the Sun RPC License DFSG-free?
On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
>Jakob Bohm <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes (quoting the Sun RPC license):
>>> but are not authorized to license or
>>> distribute it to anyone else except as part of a product or
>>> program developed by the user.
>> I interpret that to mean that once the RPC code has been
>> included in a larger program or product (say glibc), then the
>> further use,distribution etc. of that program is only restricted
>> by the license applied thereto by that user (in this case the
>> LGPL applied thereto by the FSF).
>If so, it is now possible to remove all the non-Sun-RPC bits from
>glibc and distribute it, modify it, whatever, just as if it were
>under the GPL.
No. GPL does not allow you to do that. It only allow (and require)
you to copy and distribute under GPL any work, "based" on the
original GPL-ed work. Sun RPC is not work, based on GLIBC,
regardless of source you receive it from.