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Re: GPL client locked into closed source backend - is this really GPL?


From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: GPL client locked into closed source backend - is this really GPL?
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 08:49:49 +0900

"Tim Shephard" <address@hidden> writes:
> If you have a client-server application and GPL the client but it has
> a very broad and very tight protocol coupling with a backend server
> that is closed source .. is that really GPL?
>
> One example of this is Second Life, where the client speaks a very fat
> protocol against a backend server which is closed source and highly
> patented.

>From a practical perspective, I'm sure many people would like to hack on
and modify a 2nd-life client, so a GPL client would be a genuinely
useful thing.

-Miles

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