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Re: MIT, Apache, BSD, GPL, LGPL what the h*ll

From: Paul Smith <pausmith_at_nortelnetworks.com>
Date: 2002-07-05 20:09:47 CEST

%% Branko Čibej <brane@xbc.nu> writes:

>> If you are worried about licensing issues because of commercial
>> concerns, you must assume that you cannot freely use MySQL. It is not
>> compatible with the Subversion license.

  b> Sigh. This misconception pops up all the time. It's RMS (actually,
  b> the FSF, but in this case I think that's synonimous) who says the
  b> Apache licence is not compatible with (L)GPL, but of course that's
  b> his opinion -- personally, I think it's nonsense. For all practical
  b> purposes, you can use LGPL code with Subversion.

I'm hard-pressed to think how the LGPL could be considered incompatible
with the Apache license--unless the Apache license is forcing it to be
so. Do you have a cite for such a claim?

I have no problem believing the GPL and the Apache license clash,
although I've never examined the Apache license enough to say.

PS. FWIW, the FSF and RMS never venture purely personal opinions on
    legal matters. All their statements are endorsed by their lawyer.
    Certainly he has an agenda, but, while it's nothing personal, I'd
    bet on his personal opinion over yours, Branko :).

 Paul D. Smith <pausmith@nortelnetworks.com> HASMAT--HA Software Mthds & Tools
 "Please remain calm...I may be mad, but I am a professional." --Mad Scientist
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