Subject: Re: Submitted for Approval: OSL 3.0 and AFL 3.0
From: Chris Zumbrunn <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 12:18:16 +0200

On Sep 12, 2005, at 11:52 AM, Alex Bligh wrote:

> I believe that if the facts support it (as per the example you were
> thinking of), i.e. where there is a single GPL'd library clearly 
> designed
> to link to other things, there is a good case that linking does not
> create a derived work.

I don't think it is "derived work" that triggers the snowball effect in
the GPL license.

Clause 2 b) of the GPL says: "You must cause any work that you
distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived 
the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge
to all third parties under the terms of this License."

The trigger is the "contains" not the "is derived".