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

From: Daniel Berlin <dberlin_at_dberlin.org>
Date: 2002-07-06 19:55:59 CEST

On 5 Jul 2002, Paul Smith wrote:

> %% 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 :).

Very dangerous idea.
None of the opinions have been tested in court, regardless who they are
endorsed by.

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