Comment 37 for bug 213215

Schily (schilling-fokus) wrote :

Well, I'll tell you what's wrong:

The claim "...If You do, you may distribute the combined work under the terms of the GPL."

does never apply for typical OSS projects (unless someone makes _all_ parts
available under the GPL in their repspective source), so Mantas asked me to
grant something I do not need to grant, that I will not grant and that has not
been granted to the vast majority of OSS.

If you e.g. publish a gtar binary for HP-UX (which is a closed source platform),
only the parts from gtar that have been compiled from the gtar sources are
under GPL and nobody sees a problem with that fact.

This is because the GPL only requires the following:

- the parts that are from GPLd source need to be published under the terms
  and conditions of the GPL.

- the parts that are not compiled from GPLd source need to be made available
  to allow recompilation and re-linking.

If you don't believe me, you should read the GPL book from Harald Welte's lawyer.

Cdrtools are fully compatible with the requirements of the GPL and I see no
reason to grant more than the GPL request to be granted.