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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 13:18:57 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Hyman Rosen <> wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>> All he would have to do is make his proprietary
>> extension callable via a network call, and then
> > publish the source code only for the GPL bit, to
> > which he's added a network call.

> And that is perfectly legal under the terms of the GPL.

Well, nobody goes to gaol for violating a copyright.  What exactly do
you mean, here?

Do you mean that if somebody adds functionality to GPL program, and
arranges for this new functionality to be called through a socket call
(substitute technically correct terms here) rather than a normal function
call, that somebody can remain within the terms of the GPL without
licensing his new stuff under the GPL, regardless of how intertwined the
new functionality is with the original program?  If so, I think you're
mistaken.  But please try and convince me otherwise.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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