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

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 19:44:01 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

Ben writes:
> Does this additional exception clause violate the GPL in any way?

The GPL is not a law.  It a model license.  When you distribute software
under it you are stating terms which just happen to be identical to those
used by Richard Stallman for Emacs.  The terms are yours, and you can
amend them as you see fit.

> How can it be compatible with the GPL if the clause states that they can
> link some non-GPL jars, yet the GPL states all the linked in libraries

The exception amends the GPL, overriding anything in the GPL that it
conflicts with.  Again, the GPL is not a law.  It is just a model license.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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