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Re: SUN RPC code is DFSG-free

On Sat, Aug 23, 2003 at 06:08:30PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > > Are you seriously suggesting that this is *not* an additional
> > > restriction over those made by the (L)GPL? Otherwise, I don't see how
> > > you can claim it is compatible.

> > "These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole.  If
> > identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Library,
> > and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in
> > themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those
> > sections when you distribute them as separate works.  But when you
> > distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based
> > on the Library, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of
> > this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the
> > entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote
> > it."

> I said, earlier, that I don't think this applies - the relevant code
> cannot "be reasonably considered independent". Have a look at the code
> - it's heavily modified for glibc.

> However, you're looking at the wrong license. Look at the license of
> all the GPLed applications which link to glibc, instead. Are *they*
> compatible with the sunrpc license?

The same text appears in the GPL.

If you're really going to argue that the code in question cannot "be
reasonably considered independent", the original license clause is a
no-op.  Why are you worried about what the license says about
distributing in isolation something that you believe cannot be isolated?

If it can be distributed as a separate work, the GPL says it's ok that
this separate work carry a different license.  If it can't be
distributed as a separate work, then at a minimum, that term of the
license is a no-op -- and at most, there may be nothing left that the
original authors can claim copyright on.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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