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Re: loading proprietary code from GPL


From: noamtm
Subject: Re: loading proprietary code from GPL
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 10:40:04 -0700 (PDT)
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On Apr 1, 3:14 pm, John Hasler <address@hidden> wrote:
> noamtm writes:
> > Does the GPL (v2) allow a GPL'd program to dynamically load and execute
> > proprietary code?
>
> What does the program do if the proprietary code is not available?  

Fail, just as a normal program would when it can't find a shared
object.

> What
> does the proprietary code do if the program is not available?  

It doesn't run by itself, it's a plugin.

> Is the
> program able to load and execute more than just the one piece of
> proprietary code?  

It can load other plugins that provide the same entry points.

> Is there any other program that can load and execute the
> proprietary code?  

No.

> Was the proprietary code written for this specific
> purpose?

It is written to work as a plugin for this program.



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