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 for General Public Virus
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  General Public Virus
   n.
  
      Pejorative name for some versions of the GNU project copyleft or
      General Public License (GPL), which requires that any tools or apps
      incorporating copylefted code must be source-distributed on the same
      anti-proprietary terms as GNU stuff. Thus it is alleged that the copyleft
      ?infects? software generated with GNU tools, which may in turn infect other
      software that reuses any of its code. The Free Software Foundation's
      official position is that copyright law limits the scope of the GPL to ?
      programs textually incorporating significant amounts of GNU code?, and that
      the ?infection? is not passed on to third parties unless actual GNU source
      is transmitted. Nevertheless, widespread suspicion that the copyleft
      language is ?boobytrapped? has caused many developers to avoid using GNU
      tools and the GPL. Changes in the language of the version 2.0 GPL did not
      eliminate this problem.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  General Public Virus
  GPV
  
      A pejorative name for some versions of the
     GNU project copyleft or General Public License (GPL),
     which requires that any tools or application programs
     incorporating copylefted code must be source-distributed on
     the same terms as GNU code.  Thus it is alleged that the
     copyleft "infects" software generated with GNU tools, which
     may in turn infect other software that reuses any of its code.
  
     Copyright law limits the scope of the GPL to "programs
     textually incorporating significant amounts of GNU code" so
     GPL is only passed on if actual GNU source is transmitted.
     This used to be the case with the Bison parser skeleton
     until its licence was fixed.
  
     http://org.gnu.de/manual/bison/html_chapter/bison_2.html#SEC2)">(http://org.gnu.de/manual/bison/html_chapter/bison_2.html#SEC2).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1999-07-14)
  

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