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

From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: Using a script licensed under GPL in an application licensed under a license that's not compatible with GPL
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:33:33 +0100

On 14 Dec 2006 15:48:30 -0800 wrote:

> Suppose I want to err on the safe side, let's consider for a while
> that what I asked before is not allowed.
> Does it seem less questionable (or more clearly allowed) for me to
> prepare a zip file containing GPL'ed script files and put it as a
> separate download on my site (telling the users to unzip this file in
> a certain directory of my app) ? The GPL'ed script files will be
> unmodified (containing the license and all the original code) - but
> the file and directory structure may not be as in the original
> distribution.

This would make patently clear that your scripts and the GPLed scripts
are unrelated works. The GPL gives you the right to prepare and
distribute derivative works, and re-arranging the layout of the files
and directories is not a problem as long as the result is distributed
under the GPL. 

As to your own scripts, whether they call other scripts through 

. script



they remain IMHO wholly original works as long as you have not copied
code from these scripts. 

Stefaan A Eeckels
He who will not reason, is a bigot;
he who cannot is a fool;
and he who dares not is a slave.     (Sir William Drummond)

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