Thinking about what's missing in our library coverage

Don Stewart dons at
Wed Aug 5 16:15:07 EDT 2009

> Don Stewart wrote:
> > I would appreciate input from the HaXml and HDBC authors (our most
> > popular LGPL-licensed Haskell libraries) about what they feel the 
> > licensing issues/constraints should be for the Haskell Platform.
> I would be happy to put a static linking exemption into the COPYRIGHT
> file for all of my LGPL libraries.  My intent with using LGPL instead of
> BSD is not to pollute end users' work or other libraries they use, but
> rather to keep the LGPL'd library free and open since I am giving out it
> in a free and open way.  That is, I don't want someone to take my LGPL'd
> library, make it closed source, and sell copies of the library...  if
> they want to sell a different product that happens to use a database and
> keep it closed source, that's fine with me.
> Perhaps the community could come up with a standard boilerplate static
> linking exemption that we could all use?


We might want to borrow ideas from the OCaml license then,

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