Subject: Re: "viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 06 Apr 2005 15:31:19 -0400

"Scott Miller" <> writes:

> 'Viral' also implies
> propagation, and 'reciprocal' doesn't.

Yes, precisely, and the GPL doesn't propagate.  If the guy in the seat
next to me on the plane sneezes, I get his viruses.  That's viral.
That's not how the GPL works.  You have to invite the GPL into your
code; it doesn't slip in against your wishes.