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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 12:38:51 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> 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.  
> GNU logic. Under FSF's own interpretation, that modified "GPL with 
> exception" says that combined work as whole falls under "the terms 
> of this License",

Uh, no it doesn't.  Nothing _ever_ "falls" under the GPL unless it is
explicitly placed there, namely licensed under the GPL by the
copyright holder.  The GPL is not an infectious disease.  You can't
legally redistribute the results without effectively placing other
parts under the GPL (or strictly less restraining terms, this is what
"GPL compatibility" is about), but that means if you do distribute
with conflicting licenses, that you are in violation of the GPL, not
that the GPL magically jumps and covers the parts which are not
licensed under GPL or compatible.

> "this License" being the modified "GPL with exception", and NOT a
> combination of original GPL terms + modified GPL terms.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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