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Re: Using a script licensed under GPL in an application licensed under a

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Using a script licensed under GPL in an application licensed under a license that's not compatible with GPL
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 01:12:59 -0500
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In article <>,
 Geico Caveman <spam@spam.invalid> wrote:

> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > My application consists of a collection of scripts (full source
> > distributed) licensed under a license that I'll call A.
> > I want to distribute with my application, the source version of a
> > script licensed under GPL. This script (source) will be imported and
> > used at runtime by my application.
> > 
> > Is this allowed when license A is not compatible with GPL ?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Andrei
> No. You will have to provide the source code for all your scripts if you
> include the GPL'ed script and bundle it with yours. Further, you will have
> to release the source under at least the same GPL version, if not later.
> You could avoid this by merely linking against the script (and not
> distributing it under license A) but that presumes that an LGPL version of
> the script is available.

What does it mean to "link against" a script?  Linking is something you 
do with compiled programs, not scripts.

Anyway, it's possible that a case could be made tha his original plan 
would fall under the GPL's "mere aggregation" clause, which allows 
programs with different licenses to be distributed together with GPL 

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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