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[Savannah-hackers] Re: Gaim-Encryption plugin violates Gaim's license

From: Mathieu Roy
Subject: [Savannah-hackers] Re: Gaim-Encryption plugin violates Gaim's license
Date: 03 Jun 2003 10:15:14 +0200
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Just a note:

According to a thread on address@hidden, it appears that
OpenSSL is GPL incompatible.

Many software use OpenSSL 
(as )

For Savannah, it has no particular consequences. It's ok to host a
project depending on free GPL-incompatible software, as long the
software is himself GPL compatible.

That said, according to the thread, it may be illegal anyway to do a
GPL software depending of OpenSSL. Any clear idea on the topic?

Bill Tompkins <address@hidden> a tapoté :

> Rob-
> Thanks for your email.  When I initially started using OpenSSL with the
> Gaim-Encryption plugin, I had no plans of distributing binaries of it,
> and thus I wasn't overly worried about the license issues associated
> with OpenSSL.  I hadn't revisited those issues before releasing the 
> precompiled Windows version, and as you point out, it violates Gaim's
> license.  I've pulled those binaries from the Sourceforge site.
> I had already been planning on switching the crypto library used by the
> plugin- I'm hoping to find the time in the next few weeks to do that
> change.  Until then, I plan on leaving the current source distribution
> of the plugin on the website.  If you feel that there is a GPL violation
> with the source distribution, please let me know, but I don't believe
> that that is the case.
> I am less sure of the legal situation with regards to the Fedora
> Gaim-Encryption RPM.  It is linked against the OpenSSL libraries
> distributed with RedHat, and distributed in its own RPM (not packaged
> together with Gaim).  As such, I suppose that it depends on your
> interpretation of the "OS exemption" clause, and perhaps other
> subtleties that I would rather not argue.  It will become moot as soon
> as I can find a few days to re-code some parts of the plugin.
> -Bill
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