[systemd-devel] Systemd license vs. libcryptsetup license

Krzysztof Jackiewicz k.jackiewicz at samsung.com
Thu Jun 8 15:15:55 UTC 2017

> I interpret them as FSF wanting to drum up the importance of GPL a bit by
> purposefully not clarifying this area. The case of linking non-GPL
software with
> GPL libraries is quite common and important, and if they wanted to add an
> to the FAQ, they certainly would. They talk a lot about "plugins", but
that's a
> significantly different case, because a plugin is very closely tied to the
> that loads it.

> In the GPL there's very little about what derived means. Various
> in the FSF FAQ are post-factum, and not part of the license. I'm pretty
sure that
> the interpretation that independent works distributed as parts of a distro
> still independent is in agreement with both the spirit and the letter of
the GPL.
> In Galoob v. Nintendo, in appeal, it was ruled that the derivative work
> incorporate a portion of the copyrighted work in some form", which does
> happen when you just put two rpms side by side.

That's an interesting point of view. I have no further questions :)



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