Subject: Effect of the MySQL FLOSS License Exception?
From: "No Spam" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 05:21:38 -0400

Hi all,

A short while back in May, MySQL submitted its FLOSS License Exception for comments.

I'm surely missing something not having legal training, but what is the net effect of

Term 0 says "you are free to distribute Derivative Works... without affecting license
terms of the works", but subterm a says "you obey the GNU General Public License in
all respects for ... the Derivative Work".

Do I interpret this correctly as: if I combine my BSD code with MySQL, I can keep the
BSD license I have, but I have to follow GPL terms including reciprocating for my BSD
code? i.e. my code may not be de jure GPL, but it is de facto GPL?

(I had thought "except for identifiable sections of that work which are not derived
from the Program, and which can reasonably be considered independent and separate works
in themselves" was a significant exception, but then re-reading the last bit of GPL
clause 2 seems to indicate GPL already does have this exception).

Glen Low, Pixelglow Software

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