GPL-violations in scripting libraries
henrik at henriknordstrom.net
Fri Dec 30 23:48:01 CET 2011
tor 2011-12-29 klockan 13:48 +0400 skrev Девелопер Интуит:
> Hello world,
> I am confused regarding the applicability of the GPL for scripting
> languages. For example, there is a proprietary application that
> generates source code, which refers to the free library. Is a
> proprietary application to derivative work of the library GPL?
Probably not, assuming the generating application is not using the GPL
library and there is no material copied form the GPL library sources to
the application outside what is documented in library API reference
manuals. But if in doubt consult a lawyer specialized in GPL licensing
It's very hard to say for sure that something is not a derivative work,
much easier to say for sure what is derivative works.
The status of the resulting generated application which actually uses
the GPL library is much greyer in my mind, but how to draw the borders
in scripting languages is odd in general..
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