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

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 11:47:30 +0200
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Benjamin <> writes:

> Alex raises an interesting point, is our licence with clause still
> compatible with other programs/libraries that use an unmodified GPL
> licence (modification in this sense being any "overridden" conflicts
> as per John Hasler's definition)?

No.  You can't make an unmodified GPL license compatible to other
licenses by including some fake module with modified GPL license.

While your module is not fake, the situation with regard to the
licenses is the same.  As long as your "GPLed with exception" software
is _only_ combined with GPLed software, this would be ok.  As soon as
somebody makes use of the exception, however, the combination with
GPLed software is no longer distributable as whole.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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