[development] Modules that integrate non-GPL PHP apps violate the GPL.

Laura Scott laura at pingv.com
Fri Aug 31 22:56:43 UTC 2007

On Aug 31, 2007, at 4:48 PM, Thomas Barregren wrote:

>> To avoid this sort of GPL Hell, we have very specific terms on  
>> which we
>> work with clients:
>> (1) The client owns the work we do specifically for them.
>> (2) The client licenses .module files and their dependencies back  
>> to us
>> under the GPL, version 2, and all future versions as published by  
>> the FSF.
>> The terms of (2) mean their internal staff can contribute to the
>> project, but the final working modules are licensed back to us in a
>> GPL-clean way that allows us to return the work to the community.
> The other way around works as well. You can keep the intellectual  
> property rights yourself and license the software under GPL to your  
> customer.

Does it? That's the real bone of contention in this thread, at least  
for me and I suspect not a few others. I guess that whether licensing  
the result of consulting/development work that is *not* work-for-hire  
constitutes "distribution."


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