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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: 12 Jul 2004 18:51:48 +0200
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Stefaan A Eeckels <> writes:

> The simple fact remains that you are not obliged to use
> GPLed code. You don't like the license - fine, don't
> use the code. If you'd like to use another Open Source
> license, contact the authors and ask their approval. 
> If you want distribute a closed source program, write
> the lot yourself, or buy it. That's the honourable behaviour. 

He can ask the authors for approval also if he wants to distribute a
closed source program, or a differently licenced program.

What he objects to is that he can't just take code for which he has
permission to use under the GPL and use it under different
conditions.  Tough.  But he need not content himself with the GPL: he
can always try to negotiate with the authors for different terms,
once he knows that the software fits his purpose.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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