[JDEV] Question about licensing

Daniel Arbuckle djarb at wvc-omak.ctc.edu
Thu Oct 7 02:42:38 CDT 1999

Actually, If your code uses a library under GPL, then your code has to be
GPL too. If we don't want to put this restriction on our users, we have to
explicityl state that "As an exception to the terms of this license, you
may link non-GPL code against this library." Or something simial. IANAL.


 On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Scott Robinson wrote:
> * Benjamin Holzman translated into ASCII [Wed, Oct 06, 1999 at 02:52:55PM -0400][<37FB9A87.2B431D35 at orientation.com>]
> > being developed and released under the GPL. You can find a copy of the
> > GPL at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html. 
> > 
> > that if I pay for a client application to be built to the specification
> > in the documentation, all of the code in that client would need to be
> > released under GPL as well.  Is this actually true?  Also, would it be
> > mitigated if the code in the client which actually talks the jabber
> > protocol exists as a separate library, distributed under GPL?
> > 
> In short, if you write something that speaks the Jabber protocol it does not
> have to be GPL. If you write a program using derivitive code that is GPL'ed,
> your code must be GPL'ed. However, you can write a program that uses a
> GPL'ed library without the program needing to be under the GPL.

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