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Re: 回复: Using a non-free binary lib rary in a GPL web application?


From: Mattt
Subject: Re: 回复: Using a non-free binary lib rary in a GPL web application?
Date: 6 Apr 2007 03:30:08 -0700
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Thank you for the answer.

In the GPL software, I use several LGPL libraries.
I guess I can say I own all the GPL'ed parts of the code.

Therefore can I grant the specific exception?

If yes, how can I proceed to grant such an exception?


On Apr 4, 1:47 pm, address@hidden wrote:
> If you are the copyright holder of all of the GPL'ed parts of the
> code, then it will be okay. You just need to grant a specific
> exception.
>
> That part of the GPL FAQ merely _discourages_ the act of using
> non-free libraries, and not a "restriction".
>
> 3 Apr 2007 08:29:29 -0700, Mattt <address@hidden>:
>
> > Hello,
>
> > I have a question related to the GPL licensing.
> > I have a GPLed software written in php. It is distributed in source
> > form over the internet.
> > In this software, I want to draw some nice graphics. I found a flash
> > library (released in the binary form, a SWF file) that does the job
> > nicely. It is released under a license which says "Enterprise licence
> > (XXX Euros) ; For unlimited use in projects and applications you own
> > or develop"
>
> > I would like to use this non-free library in binary form in my GPL
> > software.
>
> > Considering the GPL FAQ
> >http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#FSWithNFLibs
> > it looks like it is allowed for me to use this binary library.
>
> > But "If you do this, your program won't be fully usable in a free
> > environment. If your program depends on a non-free library to do a
> > certain job, it cannot do that job in the Free World." ; I don't
> > really understand the limitation here? What means "it cannot do that
> > job in the Free World"?
>
> > For information, the non-free library I plan to use works without
> > calling functions ; I actually give it a XML file, and it produces
> > output with this XML file.
> > Also, my software does not depends on the use of this library. It is
> > more like an "additional feature". I don't know if this detail can
> > help.
>
> > My questions are :
> > - Can I use the non-free library in my GPL software without problems,
> > that is my software can stay GPL and his library can stay non-free?
> > - What do I need to do with the non-free license holder, so that it is
> > allowed for me to use the license? Do I need a special statement from
> > him that he will put in his license? Do I need to pay the enterprise
> > license price?
> > - Do you have any other ideas/ things related to my problem?
>
> > I thought I understood well the GPL license, but this point is clearly
> > not clear in my head.
>
> > Thank you very much for your help!
>
> > Matthieu
>
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