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Re: Bug#366834: ITP: cxxtools -- library of unrelated, but useful C++ classes

Frank Küster <frank@debian.org> writes:

> Simon Josefsson <jas@extundo.com> wrote:
>> Frank Küster <frank@debian.org> writes:
>>> Michael Banck <mbanck@debian.org> wrote:
>>>> On Thu, May 11, 2006 at 04:46:22PM +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
>>>>> also sprach Kari Pahula <kaol@debian.org> [2006.05.11.1535 +0200]:
>>>>> > * License         : GPL v2 or later
>>>>> That will make it pretty useless for non-GPL applications. 
>>>> Non-GPL compatible applications, you mean?
>>> Which non-GPL license can I choose for a software that uses this
>>> library? 
>> Any license that is compatible with the GPL, such as the revised BSD
>> license.
> But the software is a derivative work of the GPL.  Doesn't it need to be
> licensed under the GPL, too?

As a derived work of a GPL'd work, the aggregate is covered by the GPL
license.  But the source code files doesn't have to be licensed under
the GPL.  If someone replace the calls to the GPL'd library in the BSD
code with calls to a BSD library, they don't have to distribute the
new package under the GPL.


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