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Re: Is it possible to write GPL-Modules for closed-source Software?


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Is it possible to write GPL-Modules for closed-source Software?
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 20:08:19 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> Stephan Kuhagen wrote:
> [...]
>> More important than that is, that at least some of my modules will 
>> use other GPLed Libraries and Programs, so those modules have to be 
>> GPL anyway.
>
> Linking is irrelevant. If your modules are not derivative works of 
> "GPLed Libraries and Programs" (seek the advice of your own legal 
> counsel re AFC test), then I suggest that you simply go ahead with 
> the CPL or EPL;

Uh, you forgot that he liked the GPL and its provisions.

> if somebody dares to come after you claiming GPL violation (in court
> of law, not those empty threats and "opinions" the FSF is so fond
> of), you'll have a good chance to put the entire GPL code base into
> quasi public domain.

A chance that the legal departments of Microsoft, IBM and a few other
large players with deep pockets have happily passed on, and a
three-digit number of parties addressed by the GPL-violations project
alone did, too.

As usual, Alexander's advice is fit for lunatics.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum


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