Re: Patches/Diffs (fwd)

From: Daniel A. Koepke (
Date: 10/11/01

On Thu, 11 Oct 2001, Patrick Dughi wrote:

>         This is in regard to a discussion from a while ago, that I
> can't even remember....  May have some info for those of you who'd
> like to create patches, etc, and need to link in GPL'ed software.
>         In brief, 'no you can't *hits you with a stick*'.

Mr. Turner is wrong.  Maybe the FSF really intends the GPL to restrict
this kind of thing, but he's dead wrong if he thinks it can.  An interface
cannot be copyrighted.  If you write the code that is making use of the
interface, the code belongs to you.  MySQL can copyright its code and its
documentation.  That doesn't mean they have any rights whatsoever to your
use of their interface, even if you distribute it.

And that's that.


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