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Re: [Winmerge-development] Distributing winmerge with commercial application

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: 2007-11-10 19:17:23 CET

On 10/11/2007, Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn@googlemail.com> wrote:
> IIUC you can distribute GPL programs alongside commercial apps, and
> you can include them in your installer, provided they are completely
> separate and don't have direct communication. An application that
> would *not* be good for this would be TSVNCache which communicates
> directly with TortoiseProc.exe through system data sharing mechanisms.
> But TortoiseMerge and TortoiseIDiff are standalone apps.
>
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#MereAggregation
>
> But IANAL. If you want a definitive answer the best place to ask such
> a question is on the free software foundation mailing list. But the
> FAQ above contains a fairly exhaustive list of questions and answers.

Forgot to mention ...
... and of course you have to provide the source code of any GPL
components in your distribution, or provide a link to it, as Stefan
points out. It would also be polite to acknowledge the providers of
these components. This also works in your favour as users can get
updates to the GPL tools directly from their websites and not bother
you about them ;-)

Simon

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