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Re: OpenSSL and GPLed programs


On Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 05:49:42PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Mark Wielaard <mark@klomp.org> writes:
> > It not only has the obnoxious advertising clauses, but it also has the
> > Apache style "trademark" clauses (Products derived from this software may
> > not be called [some words]).
> Trademark clauses are a pain in the butt, but remember that they don't
> impede the freeness of the software.  Apache and TeX are two notable
> examples of free software with trademark clauses.

Yes you are right. It doesn't make the software non-free.
But is does make distribution of derived works of such software
impossible when combined with code licensed under the GPL.

Just like code licensed under the Apache license. Apache 'fixed' the
advertisement clause in recent versions btw. But the "trademark" clause
still makes it incompatible with the GPL. This could be fixed by getting
a real trademark on the words in question and a seperate copyright and
trademark license.


Stuff to read:
  What's Wrong with Copy Protection, by John Gilmore

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