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Re: Licensing issues with a research project


From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: Re: Licensing issues with a research project
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:56:50 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

Hi!

>> Well, still the EPL FAQ [1] says, that you cannot combine GPL with
>> EPL code in one module.
>
> Ha ha. Why can't you suggest and/or implement the solution of making
> *two* modules, Tassilo?

At least for some components we'll go in that direction.  But in the
case of our lib, that makes no sense.  The overall project cannot work
without it; it's the underlying repository and provides all of the data
structures.

Hm, citing the EPL FAQ:

,----
| Further, you may not combine EPL and GPL code in any scenario where
| source code under those licenses are both the same source code module.
`----

I have to admit, that I don't really understand that sentence.  I can
read it, that only mixing (in the sense of copy&paste) EPL code and GPL
code in one file is forbidden.  I can also read it, that I may not have
a JAR-file containing GPL code bundled with an EPL project.

Well, but the FSF's statement is clear:

,----
| Based upon the position of the Free Software Foundation, you may not
| combine EPL and GPL code in any scenario where linking exists between
| code made available under those licenses. The above applies to both
| GPL version 2 and GPL version 3.
`----

Bye,
Tassilo





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