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

From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 22:33:07 +0200

On Mon, 22 May 2006 20:55:28 +0100
Ben <> wrote:

> 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)

I suppose you're not planning to distribute the jar files. It's not
always allowed by their licenses, plus you don't want your program to be
dependent on a particular version of a library. Publish only what's
truly yours. 

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

What people assume is not your problem. If your package contains only
your code, with the references to the jars that are required for its
proper operation, it's abundantly clear that these jars are not covered
by your program's license. 

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

If your concern is that people might confuse the license on your code
with the licenses of the libraries it uses, it doesn't matter what the
license is, now does it?

Stefaan A Eeckels
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
                                                     -- Henry Ford

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