Rasputin wrote:
> * Jim Cain <list / jimcain.us> [0740 15:40]:
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>>Rasputin wrote:
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>>>* Daniel Carrera <dcarrera / math.umd.edu> [0714 03:14]:
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>>>>>You are, of course, free to decline my offer. That is hardly a virus.
>>>>
>>>>Exactly.  The GPL does not *impose* anything.  It sets a condition upon 
>>>>the use a pice of software.  You have two choices:  comply with the 
>>>>conditions, or don't use it.  There is nothing viral about that.
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>>>The term 'viral' refers to the fact that if you want to use GPLed code, 
>>>your code must become GPL. So it spreads. 
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>>They say good news travels fast, but good news is not a virus.
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> Yeah, but if I hear good news, I can *choose* to pass it on.

Right, and if you come across a GPLed library, you can *choose* whether 
to use it.