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On Fri, Jul 11, 2003 at 07:22:23AM +0900, Gawnsoft wrote:

> >GPL code imposes a condition upon its use that some people don't like.  
> >Fine.  But you are not forced to use the GPL code, hence it is not viral.
> 
> If you use it in contact with your own code [and, to be be absolutely
> pedantic about it, choose not to break the GPL licensing terms] it
> spreads to your own code.
> 
> Hence it is viral, in that there is an effect from contagion.

Not it DOESN'T.  That's what I've been saying all along.

I if DID, then it WOULD be viral.  The common misunderstanding is that you 
enter GPL code into your program, the only way to comply with the license 
is to make your own work GPL.

If that WERE the case, then the GPL WOULD be a viral license.

However, the GPL does not do that.  It is impossible for a license to do 
that.  Copyright law does not permit it.

In particular, you have the option of removing the GPL code you took.  A 
virus doesn't do that.

You always have a choice, even after the GPL code has been entered in your 
code.

Including GPL code into your own will not, ever, change the license of 
your code.  The only one who can change the license of your code is you.


> But remember, the GPL was designed to encourage the spread of the GPL.

No!  It was designed for the protection of my own GPL code.  Not for its 
own spread.  Go to the GNU website.  You'll see.

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