Subject: Re: Is the "Guile" license OSI approved?
From: David Johnson <>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 12:54:47 -0800

On Saturday 01 December 2001 01:06 am, David Woolley wrote:
> David Johnson <> wrote:
> > Not at all. The exception only means that the license does not apply to
> > certain works. It does not say that those works cannot have any license
> > at
> Which means that there are no copyright permissions for the library,
> and therefore those works, as derived works of the library, or at least
> further copying of them is a breach of the copyright on the library.
> Licences give permissions to do things that are otherwise illegal.
> No licence, no permission.

Assuming that the license in question is a shared library, there are two 

1) Dynamic linkage does not constitute derivation. No problem.

2) Dynamic linkage does constitute derivation. However, since this is the 
same exceptions that most include files distributed with gcc and libstdc++. 
Uh oh! If you interpretation is correct, then all non-GPL C/C++ programs 
built with gcc are illegal.

David Johnson
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