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Re: [TSVN] To GPL or not to GPL

From: Toby Johnson <toby_at_etjohnson.us>
Date: 2005-08-19 16:04:42 CEST

Stefan Küng wrote:

> With that exception clause, we just can say that *other* people can
> still link TSVN with the required libraries. But strictly speaking
> we're not allowed to link TSVN and ship it that way. That would make
> TSVN a source-only distribution, without an installer.

I don't think this is true. A body of work comes under the GPL when the
developer(s) release it that way, and not before. See this section if
you hadn't before:
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#DeveloperViolate>

"The developer itself is not bound by [the GPL], so no matter what the
developer does, this is not a 'violation' of the GPL." Straight outta
the horse's mouth.

The only way I see you could run afoul of this is if you somehow took
two libraries, one GPL and one GPL-incompatible, linked them together
(in violation of the GPLed library's terms), and then used that
intermediate object in TSVN.

It doesn't matter much to me which license you guys use, I just don't
want you to make a decision based on (what I see as) an incorrect
interpretation. And for what it's worth, you can use the
Perl-syntax-parsing regex I submitted under whichever license you wish. :)

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