Subject: Re: basic questions
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 10:28:43 -0500

Jason White scripsit:

> Unfortunately the GPL doesn't contain a clause stating that it is the
> entire agreement between the parties, so the licensor can presumably
> modify its effect by statements made outside the license proper.

That is deliberate; even the FSF has added clauses to the GPL when it
believes its goals are served thereby.  Few, if any, open source licenses
claim to be the entire agreement.

John Cowan
SAXParserFactory [is] a hideous, evil monstrosity of a class that should
be hung, shot, beheaded, drawn and quartered, burned at the stake,
buried in unconsecrated ground, dug up, cremated, and the ashes tossed
in the Tiber while the complete cast of Wicked sings "Ding dong, the
witch is dead."  --Elliotte Rusty Harold on xml-dev