Subject: Re: Stallman vs Wind River on the GPL
From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 08:41:11 -0500 wrote:
> The GPL does not have the power to infect your code like this.  It
> only has the power to prohibit you from distributing your code if it's
> not licensed under the GPL, but is subject to the terms of the GPL.


This is very much a matter of murky legal opinion, and it is an issue on
which RMS has consistently evaded clarity. Many many lawyers have spent
many many hours trying to work out how the dynamic library issue is
resolved without any success at all.

My point is only that (a) this issue MUST be clarified in the next
version of GPL, and (b) it must be clarified in a way that accepts
current common practices (e.g. Torvalds' position vs. RMS's position) or
we may face a schism.