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Re: gpl licensing

From: miguelx6
Subject: Re: gpl licensing
Date: 1 Dec 2006 09:19:31 -0800
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Hello, and thanks everybody for your answers.
First, this is a small company, and I represent several rolles. Right
now, I am making the replied to a Call for Tenders, and trying to
estimate the volume of the work. Requirements are not clear enough and
I will meet my customer on monday to arrange my mind. In the
requirements they say.
- It has to be an open application
- the customer will be the owner of the application, having the source

They really dont say anything about licensing. Maybe I have to talk to
them to know if they want a GPL application or not.

Do you know where could I find a link with a tutorial about GPL
licensing? For me official document is very difficult to read, i dont
understand anything.

(sorry for my english, im spanish)
Thanks for your answers

Stefaan A Eeckels ha escrito:

> On 1 Dec 2006 03:04:36 -0800
> "miguelx6" <> wrote:
> > I'm going to develop a project for public administration. They will be
> > the users of this software, they are not going to sell it. After
> > finishing the project, I have to deliver all the sources to them, so I
> > will not own the sources after that. My question is, could I use gpl
> > libraries? I am working for a company and they are going to pay us for
> > this project, but, as I am delivering them all the sources, I suppose
> > ther should be any problem.
> It would depend on what the arrangement is between your company and the
> customer.
> I suppose that your company replied to a Call for Tenders, and that
> this CfT contained a list of requirements. In order to arrive at a
> price for the work, your company's commercial team would have asked
> your or another developer to estimate the volume of the work. In this
> estimate, the work represented by the GPLed libraries you want to use
> should have been taken into consideration, and compared with the cost
> of a commercial license of a comparable product (e.g. a database) or
> the cost of developing them yourself.
> It should have been clear at that time whether the CfT allowed the use
> of GPLed libraries or not. If not, and your company believed they could
> gain a commercial advantage through the use of GPLed libraries, they
> should have asked the Public Administration for an official
> clarification. If they could be used, and your company decided to use
> them, this should have been made clear in the Reply to the CfT.
> It thus all depends on whether your customer knows of, and agrees with
> the use of these libraries. It is not something that you can decide for
> yourself, as a developer. You need to consult with the commercial and
> legal heads of your company.
> If you're working for a small outfit (meaning you might be the
> technical, commercial and legal heads rolled in one), you should look
> at the contract you have, and clarify the issue with your customer.
> Take care,
> --
> Stefaan A Eeckels
> --
> Sometimes I wonder whether the world is run by smart people who are
> putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.      --Mark Twain

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