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Re: System libraries and the GPLv2

Quoting Francesco Poli (2017-03-30 23:37:32)
> On Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:28:46 -0400 Richard Fontana wrote:
> > On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 05:08:24AM +0200, Carlos Alberto Lopez Perez wrote:
> > 
> > > Do you (or anyone else) _really_ think the copyright holders of 
> > > the GPL program in question had any intention ever of not allowing 
> > > their program to be used along with OpenSSL, when they where the 
> > > ones implementing support for using it on the first place?
> > 
> > This, I would say, encapsulates the real Fedora/Red Hat position on 
> > this issue to the extent there is one. It assumes that the intent of 
> > the copyright holders can be determined from their actions.
> What about programs that link both with OpenSSL and with a third party 
> purely-GPL-licensed library?

Surely we can then asses that the intend of our upstreams in such cases 
is schizophrenic: They _both_ want to dillute the copyleft licensing 
_and_ uphold it strongly.

Because our job as distributors is not to respect what upstreams 
explicitly dictate through licensing, but to second-guess what is 
_really_ going on in their minds - and when their mindset and ours do 
not align, then surely they cannot be trusted to mean what the say - our 
need for simple distribution has higher priority than their right to 
grant complex licensing.


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