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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Fri, 08 May 2009 10:24:59 -0700
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In article <gu0vnj$2pte$>, Alan Mackenzie <> 
> > Another example is XMLRPC (or SOAP or other similar technoloties) in
> > which a function is called via network request on a distributed system.
> > Some believe that this is covered by the GPL, others believe it isn't.
> I'll assume that by "this" you mean the invocation of a GPL licensed
> function over a network, or a GPL licensed program invoking something
> over a network.
> The GPL doesn't differentiate between calling technoloties.  It's _what_
> gets called that matters, not the technoloty by which it gets called;
> whether the thing getting called is a program independent of what's
> calling it, or is really part of it.  The same applies to functionality

Suppose someone has a SOAP server, with a publicly defined interface.  I 
write code that calls a service on that SOAP server.  What copyright 
right of the server code author have I potentially infringed?

I'm not copying, distributing, or making a derivative work of any of his 
server code, so why do I care about whatever copyright license the 
server code is under?

--Tim Smith

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