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Re: cdrtools

Erast Benson <erast@gnusolaris.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-07-12 at 01:02 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> 1) The GPL requires that all scripts used to control compilation and 
>> installation of the executable be released under terms compatible with 
>> the GPL.
> Joerg clearly stands that:
> 1) Makefiles != scripts or at least it is unclear whether Makefiles may
> be called "scripts":

At that point we start getting into semantic arguments that are 
basically uninteresting to anyone other than a judge (and possibly not 
even then). As copyright holder, if this is Joerg's opinion, he can add 
an exception to the license that avoids the problem entirely.

> This means in other words: If I take other people's GPL code and create
> a "derived work" from that code, I need to make the whole work available
> under GPL. I do not need to make non-GPL code available at all, if GPL
> code is derived on that code. I do not need to make the build system 
> available under GPL (GPL §3 requires me to make it available but does
> not mention a license) and the build system is not code that is
> "derived" from the GPLd project."""

It's an interesting arugment But, again, this is semantic bickering and
entirely unnecessary - if Joerg is copyright holder, he can ensure that
the license reflects his opinion.

> The key point is: GPL is pure source license. It does not explicitly
> require you to use a specific license for the binary in case you make
> the source available.

Can I suggest you read section 2(b)?
Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org

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