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On Thu, Jul 10, 2003 at 01:29:05AM +0900, Rasputin wrote:

> If I spend the effort to write code, I think *I* should be allowed to
> choose what to do with it, rather than leave that choice to the author
> of a library I used. That's not free in my book.

This is exactly what people get wrong about the GPL!!!
The GPL does NOT inhibit your ability to choose what to do with your 
work!!

The GPL does NOT change the license of your work.  It is simply not 
possible for copyright law to do that, and the GPL doesn't try to.  The 
GPL will NOT alter the license of your work.

You are given a library and you are allowed to use it under certain 
conditions.  You have a choice.  Either comply, or don't use it.  If you 
"mistakely" break the license (e.g. by including some of it's code into 
your programs) your work does not suddenly change license.  It's still 
yours and you choose what to do with it.  Rather, you are in violation of 
the GPL license, and if you don't like the GPL terms you should remove the 
relevant code.

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