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Re: Is database schema covered by the GPL?

From: walterbyrd
Subject: Re: Is database schema covered by the GPL?
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:58:15 -0700 (PDT)
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On Mar 24, 9:20 am, Alan Mackenzie <> wrote:
> Your language here kind of implies that A's data aren't actually part of
> application A, they're separate from it.  So, what have we got here?
> You're generating data with Product A which are stored in a database
> format.  You want to access them from product B.  Yes?

Thanks for the replies. Just to make sure I understand, let me give a
more concrete example.

Consider foss products such as: LedgerSMB, Joomla, Drupal, or OpenERP.
All of those products use a database, usually PostGreSQL or MySQL.

Suppose I create a seperate application which can read, or write, to
the databases used by those applications. Suppose I find the structure
of the databases by using PHPMyAdmin, or PgAdmin, or whatever.

Would my application have to licensed under the GPL?

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