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Re: GPL and other licences

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL and other licences
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 17:50:39 +0100

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And here comes bloby Eben.
(Professor Eben Moglen Replies)

2) Clarifying the GPL
by sterno 

One issue that I know has come up for me is how the GPL applies in 
situations where I'm using GPL software but I'm not actually 
modifying it. For example, I write a Java application, and it is 
reliant on a JAR that is GPL'd. Do I then need to GPL my software? 
I haven't changed the JAR in anyway, I'm just redistributing it with 
my software. The end user could just as easily download the JAR 
themselves, it's just a convenience for me to offer it in my package. 


The language or programming paradigm in use doesn't determine the 
rules of compliance, nor does whether the GPL'd code has been modified. 
The situation is no different than the one where your code depends on 
static or dynamic linking of a GPL'd library, say GNU readline. Your 
code, in order to operate, must be combined with the GPL'd code, 
forming a new combined work, which under GPL section 2 (b) must be 
distributed under the terms of the GPL and only the GPL.

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