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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 12:42:16 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Tim Smith <> wrote:
> In article <gu0vnj$2pte$>, Alan Mackenzie <> 
> wrote:
>> > 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?

None at all, assuming what the SOAP server is offering is bona-fide well
defined services.

> 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?

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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