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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: Tue, 23 May 2006 01:04:47 +0200

On Mon, 22 May 2006 21:53:50 +0100
Ben <> wrote:

> So you're saying that the copyright owners of the third party jars
> the software uses cannot sue me for changing their licencing terms if
> I distribute the binary version of my software with their jars?

Do the licenses to these jars give you the right to redistribute them?

> (Again this assumes the GPL licence affects all libraries that are
> linked to my code).

The GPL only affects what has been licensed under the GPL. 

You do not need to distribute your code with the jars. First, having
a program dependent on a particular version is bad karma. Second, many
people don't want multiple instances of the same library (especially
different versions) on their systems. Third, if these libraries are
freely available from a reputable source, there is no need to add them
to your distribution. Fourth, it avoids all license issues. 

Just distribute your product under a license that achieves what you

Stefaan A Eeckels
Q: If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the
world? A: Because they don't know they're ignorant.

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