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Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)

From: Ben
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 20:55:28 +0100
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The risk lies in that the GPL may be make GPL the libraries my code uses - that are under different licences. This would mean that any recipient of my GPL code could also assume those associated libraries are GPL (when clearly they may not be)

This is what concerns me, unless you can prove otherwise.

For what its worth I'm also now looking at using the CPL instead.


Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
On Mon, 22 May 2006 20:06:59 +0100
Ben <> wrote:

The third party jars are used via method calls, not by inheritance.
Even so the GPL is too vague. I suspect as a small development if it
went to court I could argue that there was no intent to deliberately
violate the licence, I intended to benefit society, and due to the
vagueness of the licence the general consensus/common sense would
hold true. However I won't be releasing the software under GPL (yet)
because of the potential risk.

There is no risk. You, as the copyright holder, are the only person who
could sue for a violation of the license. Putting software under the
GPL can only be a problem if it contains non-original elements that
have a license that prohibits this. You do not have to honour the GPL,
it's those who receive it who have to abide by it.

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