[JDEV] Question about licensing

Scott Robinson quad at jabber.org
Thu Oct 7 10:22:17 CDT 1999

Ow. I didn't recall this. Where in the GPL is this stated? I have a could
problems with this on the fact that many commerical programs use libc6.

Either way, I there is always the LGPL. (though I could have sworn the only
difference was DERIVITIVE code only.)


* Daniel Arbuckle translated into ASCII [Thu, Oct 07, 1999 at 12:42:38AM -0700][<Pine.LNX.4.10.9910070039030.10334-100000 at wvc-omak.ctc.edu>]
> 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.
> Daniel
>  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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