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Re: GPL traitor !


From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 10:59:05 -0700
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Chris Ahlstrom <address@hidden> wrote:
> 
> Nobody can honestly not understand the main meanings of the GPL.

Is it OK under GPL to release a plug-in for a GPL program, if the plugin 
is under a license that is not compatible with GPL?

Is it OK under GPL to release a GPL plug-in for a program that is under 
a license that is not compatible with GPL?  E.g., could you release a 
GPL plug-in for Word?

If there are two libraries that perform the same functions, but with 
different interfaces, and one library is under GPL, and the other is 
under a GPL-incompatible license, is it OK to distribute code that can 
be compiled to use either library?  You would not be distributing either 
library--just your code, and telling the user to obtain (if they don't 
already have it) whichever library they prefer, and compile for that.

Would it be OK for Comcast to use GPL code in their DVR?  Note that 
their DVR stops functioning if you are not hooked up to their system or 
your account is not in good standing. 

-- 
--Tim Smith


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