OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL
Posted Apr 2, 2009 5:24 UTC (Thu) by jeffnorman
Parent article: OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL
I wanted to note that the FSF has just released an exception (the first?)
to GPL3 under Section 7 (that allows "additional permissions" to negate
other terms of the GPL3) that is quite interesting in this context.
If a copyright owner chooses to apply the exception to his or her own
library, the exception would permit a work that uses such library to link
to the library and distribute the resulting object code (including the
library) under a proprietary license. Interestingly, the effect of the
amendment is to maintain full reciprocity at the source code and
intermediate code level, but (at least potentially) remove reciprocity at
the object code level.
The exception is here.
While the FSF clearly intends to apply this exception clause only to
certain GCC libraries, it will be interesting to see if it is more widely
adopted (as the LGPL become the de facto standard for libraries, so too
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